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HK marathon gets 'M' Mark

The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded the "M" Mark status to the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon to be held on February 12.   The committee's Chairman Wilfred Ng said the event will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong, like all other "M" Mark events.   “The 'M' Mark events showcase Hong Kong's capability to host world-class events and enhance Hong Kong's position as a centre for major international sports activities.   “These events also allow the general public to enjoy and participate in high-level competitions and nurture a sustainable sporting culture in the community,” he added.   Launched in 2004, the "M" Mark system aims to help local national sports associations organise more major international sports events and nurture them into sustainable undertakings. http://dlvr.it/Sj0HBF

Compulsory testing strengthened

To strengthen its tracing ability, the Government today announced that it will publish in the gazette compulsory testing notices which require all household members of close contacts to undergo compulsory COVID-19 testing.   The Food & Health Bureau explained that after taking into account expert advice, the Government will strengthen testing for close contacts of confirmed cases for gatekeeping at the source in order to cut the transmission of the virus swiftly.   Currently, the Centre for Health Protection requires asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed cases to undergo compulsory quarantine in quarantine centres.   To strengthen tracing ability, the Government will now require the household members of close contacts to undergo compulsory testing.   All people who live with any individual placed under quarantine in the same residential unit on the date of commencement of quarantine or during the 14 days before that day, and who become aware of the quarantine of the individual under quarantine when the relevant quarantine has not yet been completed, have to undergo testing within two days of becoming aware that the individual has been placed under quarantine.   Those concerned must also report their test results to the Government by phone at 6275 6901, fax at 2530 5872 or email to ct@csb.gov.hk within three days of undergoing the test.
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