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CHP investigates three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced that as of 0.00am, November 20, the CHP was investigating three additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), taking the number of cases to 12 400 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 12 399 confirmed cases and one probable case).

     The newly reported cases are imported cases which involved mutant strains. The patients comprise two males and one female, aged between 31 to 62 years. Two of them arrived in Hong Kong from Group A specified places (high-risk) and one from Group B specified places (medium-risk). Among them, case 12403 tested positive for COVID-19 at a community testing centre after she completed compulsory quarantine at the designated quarantine facility (Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre). The CHP has announced the details of the case yesterday night (November 19) (www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202111/19/P2021111900628). The remaining two patients tested positive during quarantine.

     A total of 36 cases have been reported in the past 14 days (November 6 to 19) and all of them are imported cases.

     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 specified dates in accordance with the announcement by the DH. They will also be required to undergo self-monitoring until the 21st day (see the details of the buildings and dates of testing 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 compulsory testing notice tomorrow (November 21):
  • Harbour Pinnacle, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui

     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 "COVID-19 Thematic Website" (www.coronavirus.gov.hk).

     ‚ÄčThe 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 urges 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)."
Ends/Saturday, November 20, 2021
Issued at HKT 14:15
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