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HK urged to support breastfeeding

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today appealed for cross-sectoral collaboration in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding to mark World Breastfeeding Week 2021.   To support breastfeeding in Hong Kong, the Government has enacted laws including the extension of statutory paternity leave to five days, extension of statutory maternity leave from 10 to 14 weeks, and amendments to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance which prohibits discrimination and harassment towards breastfeeding women.   The Department of Health also began procedures in March this year to pursue the designation of five more Maternal & Child Health Centres to support and facilitate breastfeeding.   The "Breastfeeding GPS" mobile app, which contains the latest information of over 430 baby care rooms to help parents locate breastfeeding facilities all over Hong Kong was launched in September last year.   The Government has also been promoting and supporting breastfeeding thro

16 COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 16 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 13 are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, five have unknown sources of infection.   One of the unlinked cases involves a worker at the Hong Kong International Airport third runway construction site, who was working on the automated people mover and baggage handling system tunnels on Airport Island.   The more than 30 people who work with the patient will be placed under quarantine, while several hundred other workers on the same project will undergo compulsory testing.   Three other unlinked cases involve a real estate agent working in North Point, a computer programmer working in Tsim Sha Tsui and a worker at Kings Wing Plaza in Sha Tin. The remaining unlinked patient is retired.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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