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Detainee at Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre tests positive for COVID-19
     An Immigration Department (ImmD) spokesman today (December 28) revealed that the department was notified by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) yesterday (December 27) afternoon that a Vietnamese illegal immigrant detained at Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre (MTKDC) had tested positive for COVID-19.
     In view of the latest developments of the COVID-19 epidemic, all persons newly admitted to MTKDC will undergo deep throat saliva testing. In addition, according to the advice of the CHP, the above-mentioned persons should be tested again for COVID-19 within 14 days of detention after the first test.
     One Vietnamese illegal immigrant was sent to MTKDC on December 14 for detention pending removal. The Vietnamese person concerned was required to undergo deep throat saliva testing when newly admitted and tested negative. On December 26, the Vietnamese person concerned was required to undergo a second deep throat saliva test and was confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19 in the afternoon yesterday. The Vietnamese person concerned was admitted to hospital for treatment immediately. The other six detainees being isolated in the same confinement with the Vietnamese person concerned were classified as close contacts and arranged to stay in quarantine centres for quarantine and medical surveillance.
     The ImmD will actively co-operate with the CHP's measures and instructions for disease prevention and control including arranging COVID-19 testing for all detainees and ImmD staff members at MTKDC as soon as possible. MTKDC has also immediately suspended all visits until further notice. The ImmD had carried out thorough cleaning and disinfection for the detention facilities concerned.
Ends/Monday, December 28, 2020
Issued at HKT 15:56
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