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Jab pass plan to expand

The vaccine pass arrangement will be implemented in designated healthcare premises under the Food & Health Bureau, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority (HA) starting June 13, the Government announced today.   The vaccine pass arrangement is applicable to the 13 types of designated healthcare premises primarily providing non-emergency or non-urgent medical services through appointments, such as HA specialist out-patient clinics, and government dental clinics and orthodontic clinics.   Service users and visitors at designated healthcare premises must present upon request their vaccination record, including recovery record, medical exemption certificate, or the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test that is only applicable to service users for staff members' checking. There is no need to scan the vaccine pass QR code.   Service users and visitors who enter the designated healthcare premises for collecting RAT kits, undergoing COVID-19 testing or receivin

11 COVID-19 cases found

The Centre for Health Protection said today it is investigating 11 additional COVID-19 cases, one of which is tentatively classified as a locally transmitted case with an unknown infection source involving the L452R mutant strain.   The case involves a 41-year-old woman who works as a part-time cleaner at Bridal Tea House Hotel, a designated quarantine hotel in Yau Ma Tei. She last went to work on July 1.   The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said in a press briefing this afternoon that the patient preliminarily tested positive for the virus via the regular testing for hotel staff at a mobile specimen collection station on June 30.   However, she was tested twice after admission to hospital and the results were negative. She also tested negative for antibodies.   Dr Chuang added that the patient was assigned to clean the hotel rooms on June 30, and a COVID-19 imported case with the L452R mutant strain had stayed in one of them from June 20 to 27.   She said: "We found it a bit strange that the (COVID-19) patient tested positive and repeatedly negative with a negative serology (result).   "Of course, there may be an explanation such as she is at the very early stage after contracting the virus, so she is still incubating the virus. And after a few days, repeated testing may yield a positive result.   "But there may be other explanations. We wonder whether there is a possibility of, for example, environmental contamination.   "If the virus was not a live virus, she was not actually infected but carried the virus in her nasal passages, especially when she almost immediately took the swab (test) after she cleaned the room of a confirmed patient in Bridal Tea House Hotel. The virus she contracted may not be a live virus, but these are all postulations and possibilities that I cannot prove now.   "That is why we need some site visits and other investigations by Prof Yuen (Kwok-yung) and other colleagues to see whether there are any possibilities to explain (the case). Of course, we may need some time to observe the development."   The 10 imported cases arrived from the UK, Indonesia and Russia, of which nine carried the L452R mutant strain.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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