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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

Re-positive COVID-19 case reported

The "cruise-to-nowhere" itinerary of a cruise ship scheduled today was cancelled after the Department of Health identified a suspected re-positive case in the regular COVID-19 testing for crew members.   The Centre for Health Protection said the case involves 40-year-old crew member of Spectrum of the Seas. He had received two doses of Sinovac vaccination in April and May.   According to information provided by the cruise company, the crew member tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia in July. He tested negative for the virus for more than 10 times after he arrived in Hong Kong in August.   His sample collected on October 19 on board the cruise tested positive for the virus with a very low viral load. The patient has been asymptomatic.   Based on the epidemiological and laboratory findings, the case is compatible with a suspected re-positive overseas case.   Upon identification of the suspected re-positive case, the sailing of the cruise ship scheduled for departure from the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal at 7pm was cancelled in accordance with the contingency management mechanism devised for "cruise-to-nowhere" itineraries.   The patient was on board the ship scheduled to embark on the trip with about 1,200 passengers. About 1,000 passengers boarded the ship today, but he did not have direct contact with the passengers while on board.   The patient had worked on the same ship in two other cruise trips within this month. As a prudent measure, the ship will be included in a compulsory testing notice under which people who had been on board for more than two hours from 30 September to October 21 have to undergo testing by October 23. Close contacts will be put under quarantine.   Epidemiological investigation and contact tracing of the case will continue.
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