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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

3 COVID-19 cases reported

 (To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating three additional COVID-19 cases, one of which is locally transmitted with an unknown source of infection.   The unlinked case involves a four-year-old boy who has two residences that are located at Yee King Building in Ho Man Tin and Block 13 of Pak Tin Estate in Shek Kip Mei.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan noted that the source of the boy's infection is under investigation.   "For the COVID-19 case of the four-year-old boy, the possible route of transmission is limited to his activities.   "He mainly stayed with his relatives in two places, so all of them will be put under quarantine and tested.   "And also, he attended a kindergarten in Ho Man Tin. Those who were in the same class as this child, and also teachers who had taught him, will be put under quarantine and tested.   "So hopefully we can find the possible source of infection for this case."   Dr Chuang added that special arrangements will be made for the children subject to quarantine.   "Because the close contacts in the same class are all very young, we will allow caretakers - usually the parents - to accompany the children to go to the designated quarantine hotel.   "I understand that the Food & Health Bureau has arranged with the Social Welfare Department the necessities to facilitate their stay in there, including the provision of some toys and books."   The two imported cases are both foreign domestic helpers who arrived from Indonesia.   Meanwhile, the Government announced that the list of medium or high-risk areas in the Mainland has been updated in view of the latest epidemic development in some areas in Anhui Province and Liaoning Province.   With effect from today, inbound travellers who have been to Anhui Province in the past 14 days do not fulfil the relevant specified conditions under the Return2hk Scheme and they are required to undergo 14 days of compulsory quarantine upon arrival and relevant mandatory testing.   Shortening of compulsory quarantine period for fully vaccinated people will also not be applicable.   The same arrangement will be applied to inbound travellers who have been to Liaoning Province in the past 14 days from tomorrow.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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