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Re-positive COVID-19 case reported

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional imported COVID-19 cases and a preliminary positive local case which is likely to be a re-positive one.   The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press briefing this afternoon that the preliminary positive local case involves a 43-year-old man who has not been vaccinated against the virus yet.   He worked at construction sites at 248 Queen's Road East and Shiu Kin Lane in Wan Chai, and last worked on August 3.   The patient has tested negative under the regular testing requirement since May. His deep throat saliva sample submitted via regular testing on August 2 preliminarily tested positive with a Ct value of 36 to 38, which indicates a low viral load.   After admission to hospital on August 3, the patient tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.   Dr Chuang said: “There ma

Bogus health call alert issued

The Department of Health issued an alert today about fraudulent phone calls from a caller claiming to be a staff member and instructing people to  go to a quarantine centre or to the department's headquarters for quarantine.   The phone calls were purportedly made by the department's client relations hotline at 2836 0077.   The department said it did not make the calls and has reported the matter to Police.   It explained that if staff need to contact the public through the hotline they will provide relevant information to verify the identity of both parties, but will not ask for sensitive personal information.   The Centre for Health Protection's hotlines at 2125 1111 and 2125 1122 allow the public to verify the identity of authorised officers if necessary.   The department urged the public to stay alert and if they receive suspected fraudulent calls not to follow the caller's instructions and report the matter to Police.
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