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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

Govt to review entry restrictions

The Government will review whether stricter restrictions on people arriving in Hong Kong are warranted after a man who flew in from Dubai and completed a 21-day quarantine tested positive for COVID-19.   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan made the remarks today in response to media enquiries after attending a radio programme.   She noted that the Government had recently implemented the tightened commercial flight suspension mechanism to address the risk of importing mutant strains of COVID-19 from very high-risk places.   “Starting from April 14, we have already strengthened our suspension of flight mechanism. If we look at the past data, from March to now we have already suspended seven flights for 14 days from different countries.   “Therefore with this new mechanism, we envisage that we will be suspending more flights.”   Prof Chan added the Government will continue to review the situation in a timely manner.
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