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Social distancing to be relaxed

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government plans to adjust the social distancing measures for restaurants based on staff and customers having been vaccinated against COVID-19 and patrons using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the statement during a press conference today, noting that Hong Kong was entering a new phase in its fight against the virus.   Under the “vaccine bubble”, the number of people allowed to be seated together at one table in restaurants will be increased from four to six, and their dine-in service can be extended from 10pm to midnight on the condition that all staff have been vaccinated and patrons use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app.   Customers using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app when entering the eatery would no longer need to fill in their personal information on a paper form.   If all the restaurant staff are fully vaccinated with both doses, plus 14 days for

1 vaccination case reported

The Department of Health said as at 4pm today, in the past 24 hours it received one report from the Hospital Authority regarding a case admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination.   The case involves a 51-year-old man who has history of diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.   The patient had experienced shortness of breath since March 6 with a cough and sputum. He attended the accident and emergency department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday for treatment.   He was hospitalised with a provisional diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction and was admitted to the ICU last night for further treatment. He is in a critical condition.   The man received a dose of the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine at Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre Community Vaccination Centre on March 3.   The department said it immediately contacted the authority to obtain more information for investigation and assessment.   It will pass the case to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunization for causality assessment, and the assessment result will be released.   According to the vaccine's product information, patients with uncontrolled severe chronic diseases should not be given the vaccine.   For patients with acute diseases, acute exacerbation of chronic diseases, severe chronic diseases, atopy and fever, the vaccine should be used with caution. They should delay vaccination until after a doctor's evaluation if necessary.
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