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38 teachers commended

Acting Chief Executive Paul Chan presented the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence to 15 teachers at the Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre today.   Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung presented the Certificate of Merit to 23 teachers.   Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Chan expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the awarded teachers and thanked them for their dedicated efforts in education.   He encouraged teachers to actively participate in exchange activities with the Mainland and explained that through observation and exchanges, they could explore ways to improve teaching professionalism with outstanding senior teachers on the Mainland.   They can also use these opportunities to strengthen their understanding of the country’s politics, economy, society, history and culture, and then share their knowledge gained with colleagues and students, Mr Chan added.   There was a total of 121 and 104 nominations for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 awards.  

Market thoroughly cleansed

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department today announced that it conducted deep cleansing and disinfection at a market stall which had processed a batch of fish that tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.   The cleansing and disinfection also covered the entire To Kwa Wan Market where the stall is located to safeguard the health and safety of its tenants and the public.   On August 10, the Centre for Food Safety collected 10 pomfret fish surface samples and packaging samples from a batch of 10 boxes of chilled pomfret fish imported from Indonesia via a flight.   Two of the fish samples and one packaging sample were found to be positive for the COVID-19 virus and the viral load was low. The fish concerned was imported from an Indonesian exporter PT. Perishable Logistics Indonesia.   Apart from stepping up the sampling of the frozen foods and their packaging imported from the exporter for testing, the centre also conducted an investigation.   The probe confirmed that the batch of chilled pomfret fish had been sold to Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market and Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Fish Market and further distributed to five retailers.   Deep cleansing and disinfection had been carried out at the two fish markets as a result.   The Government has conducted further investigations on the vendors and locations concerned to identify the people who had had contact with the affected product for undergoing epidemiological assessment and arrange quarantine or compulsory testing for the individuals concerned.   While an investigation is ongoing, the Centre for Health Protection, as at last night, arranged quarantine for nine staff who had come in contact with the contaminated product.   To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus through imported frozen foods, the Government has stepped up precautionary testing measures since mid-2020, including enhanced testing of various types of frozen foods and their packaging imported from different countries and regions.   So far, over 14,000 samples of foods and their packaging were collected for testing and only the above pomfret fish and packaging samples were found to be positive.   The Government stressed that the sampling of imported frozen foods and their packaging for testing will continue.
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