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Healthcare enters new chapter

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said primary healthcare development has entered a new chapter under the efforts of the current-term Government.   Mrs Lam made the statement at the District Health Centre - New Journey in Primary Healthcare Ceremony, noting that she advocated in her first Policy Address in 2017 the setting up of District Health Centres (DHCs) that are operated in a brand new mode with a view to enhancing public awareness on preventive healthcare and personal health management through community networks.   To date, DHCs or DHC Expresses have started service in 14 districts. The DHCs will be extended to cover the remaining four districts of Wong Tai Sin, Yuen Long, Southern District and Tsuen Wan, in the next few months.   Mrs Lam noted that upon their presence in all 18 districts within this year, the DHCs and DHC Expresses will serve as the important hardware for promoting the collaboration of primary healthcare services.   She also pointed out that the Food &am

2 unlinked COVID-19 cases found

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional local COVID-19 cases, both of which have unknown sources of infection.   The first case involves a 43-year-old Pakistani construction site worker who works at the Tseung Kwan O - Lam Tin Tunnel - Main Tunnel & Associated Works site.   He came back from Pakistan on March 16 and underwent quarantine at the Silka Far East Hotel Hong Kong in Tsuen Wan until April 5. Upon completion of quarantine, he stayed at his residence at Shek Wah House of Shek Lei (II) Estate in Kwai Chung.   The patient, who was asymptomatic, was tested at a community testing centre on May 9 and the result was negative. He underwent regular testing on May 23 and tested positive.   The other case involves a 37-year-old Filipina domestic helper who was asymptomatic.   She arrived from the Philippines on March 20 and underwent quarantine at the Ramada Hong Kong Grand View in North Point until April 10. She then went to stay at her employer's residence at Tai Tung Wo Liu Village in Sai Kung.   The patient was tested at a community testing centre on May 9 in accordance with the requirements of compulsory testing notices and her result was negative. On May 22, she underwent another test and the result was positive.   The test result by the Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch revealed that the patient carried the N501Y mutant strain and the E484K mutant gene, but not the L452R mutant gene. She tested positive for antibodies after admission to hospital.   The patient said she went to the Immigration Department's Fo Tan Branch Office on April 30 and May 11, and to visit a relative's place at Block 8, Villa Oceania in Ma On Shan on May 9 and 16. She also went to Ma On Shan Park on May 1, 2 and 23.   People who had been to places visited by the two patients are required to undergo compulsory testing, the centre noted.   It has also arranged for the patients' close contacts to be sent to a quarantine centre. Epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing are ongoing.   Meanwhile, specified people in relation to Tower 6, Island Harbourview in Tai Kok Tsui are reminded to undergo compulsory testing on May 26. A mobile specimen collection station will be set up in the estate to provide free testing services.   Additionally, six schools are covered in the latest compulsory testing notice due to outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness.   The Learning Habitat Kindergarten located at 1/F, The Sparkle in Cheung Sha Wan was removed from the compulsory testing notice on May 24 since it had been covered in another one on April 26.   A total of 23 cases were reported in the past 14 days, including six local cases, of which three have unknown infection sources, and one that is possibly a local case.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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