CHP investigates five additional confirmed cases of COVID-19
The newly reported cases are imported cases.
A total of 61 cases have been reported in the past 14 days (August 27 to September 9) and all of them are imported cases.
Meanwhile, the CHP was notified of two confirmed cases in the UK on September 9, which involved two male patients aged 16 and 51. The 16-year-old male patient lived at Block 19, Baguio Villa, 550 Victoria Road, Pok Fu Lam. He departed Hong Kong on August 26 for the UK via flight CX255. He tested negative on August 23 in Hong Kong. His specimen collected on September 6 in the UK tested positive for COVID-19 and he remains asymptomatic. He had received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination on March 20 and April 10 in Hong Kong (Comirnaty vaccine). The 51-year-old male patient lived at Block 3, Kent Court, 137 Boundary Street, Kowloon. He departed Hong Kong on September 1 for the UK via flight CX255. He tested negative on August 30 in Hong Kong. He developed symptoms on September 3 and his specimen collected on the same day in the UK tested positive for COVID-19. He had received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination on April 27 and May 20 in Hong Kong (Comirnaty vaccine). The CHP is following up on the two cases with the UK health authority and the epidemiological investigations of the cases are ongoing. As a prudent measure, the buildings where they resided in Hong Kong during the incubation period have been included in a compulsory testing notice (CTN). Specified persons who had been present at the relevant venues at specified periods need to undergo compulsory testing on or before September 11.
In view of the fact that many recent imported cases have joined non-essential travel after vaccination, the spokesman for the CHP stressed, "The global situation of COVID-19 infection remains severe and there is a continuous increase in the number of cases involving mutant strains that carry higher transmissibility, and there are also reports of breakthrough infections in some vaccinated individuals. The CHP strongly urged members of the public to avoid all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong, in particular to specified places with high risk under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H)."
The spokesman reminded, "If travel is unavoidable, the CHP highly recommends the public to be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines before their departure. They should avoid participating in non-essential mass gatherings or events held outside Hong Kong. They should continue to wear a surgical mask and maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene at all times. Parents are also urged to avoid taking unvaccinated children travelling."
Separately, according to the testing and quarantine arrangements for local COVID-19 cases with mutant strains, the CHP reminded that persons who resided or worked within the same building as the residence of relevant cases will be subject to compulsory testing on days 3, 7, 12 and 19 following the announcement of the relevant confirmed cases by the DH. They will also be required to undergo self-monitoring until the 21st day. Relevant deadlines of compulsory testing for respective specified premises are listed on the Government's website at www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/CTN_Specified_premises_and_Dates_of_Testing.pdf.
Specified persons in relation to the following specified premises are also reminded to undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the CTN on September 11:
- Valiant Park, 52 Conduit Road, Mid-levels
- Block 6, Peak One, 63 Mei Tin Road, Tai Wai
- 74 Tai Tei Tong, Lantau Island
- Amber Garden, 110 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley
The CHP's epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing on the confirmed cases are ongoing. For case details and contact tracing information, please see the Annex or the list of buildings with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and the latest local situation of COVID-19 available on the website "COVID-19 Thematic Website" (www.coronavirus.gov.hk).
The Government has launched the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. Members of the public are encouraged to get vaccinated. Details of the programme can be found at the designated website (www.covidvaccine.gov.hk). Generally speaking, COVID-19 vaccination can prevent COVID-19 infection, and if infected, reduce the risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19.
The CHP called on members of the public to pay attention to their health condition, seek medical advice early and undergo COVID-19 nucleic acid testing as soon as possible if respiratory symptoms develop. They should also maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene at all times, to protect themselves against infection and prevent the spread of the disease in the community.
On a personal level, members of the public should put on a surgical mask when they need to go out. It is important to wear a mask properly, including performing hand hygiene before wearing and after removing a mask. Hand hygiene should be performed frequently, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes, after touching public installations such as handrails or doorknobs, or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing. Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds, then rinse with water and dry with a disposable paper towel. If hand washing facilities are not available, or when hands are not visibly soiled, performing hand hygiene with 70 to 80 per cent alcohol-based handrub is an effective alternative. Cover the mouth and nose with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin, then wash hands thoroughly.
To ensure household environmental hygiene, members of the public are advised to maintain drainage pipes properly and regularly (about once a week) by pouring about half a litre of water into each drain outlet (U-trap). They should also pay attention to hygiene when using the toilet by putting the toilet lid down before flushing to avoid spreading germs.
Ends/Friday, September 10, 2021
Issued at HKT 14:15
Issued at HKT 14:15