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124 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 124 additional COVID-19 cases. More cases were detected in Kwai Chung Estate. There are also more than 70 preliminary positive cases.   Among the newly reported cases, 33 are related to Kwai Chung Estate, bringing the total number of positive and preliminary positive cases in the estate to 276.   One more positive case was found after an earlier confirmed case occurred at Glory Court, Tsuen Wan Garden, both of them live in units 5 but on two different floors. The centre has co-ordinated with related government departments and conducted an inspection today.    It was preliminarily considered that vertical transmission of virus via pipes is involved.   The centre will issue quarantine orders to residents of unit 5 on all floors of the building who resided there during the incubation period of the relevant cases and transfer them to a quarantine facility.   As it is possible that virus might be ejected from the open

Vaccinated helpers can come to HK

Starting August 30, foreign domestic helpers who were fully vaccinated in Indonesia or the Philippines may come to work in Hong Kong from Group A specified places, the Government announced today.   The Government said it has concluded bilateral vaccination record recognition agreements with the two countries’ governments.    All helpers who were fully vaccinated in the two countries must present a vaccination record that has been affirmed by the relevant authorities of Indonesia and the Philippines and undergo compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine facility after arriving.   When boarding for a flight to Hong Kong, these helpers must present a recognised vaccination record issued by the Indonesian or Philippine authorities. Records in other formats will not be accepted.   They must also present a valid employment visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department.   Other necessary documents include a negative result proof of a polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 with the specimen collected within 72 hours before the flight’s scheduled departure time, and confirmation of a room reservation at a designated quarantine facility at least 21 nights starting from the arrival day.   One hotel with 409 rooms has been set up as a designated quarantine facility at this stage for these helpers. Reservation can be made from August 27.   The Government reminds employers and employment agencies that they should not book tickets for their helpers until they have successfully reserved rooms in the designated quarantine facility.   It also suggests that employers confirm the authenticity of their helpers’ vaccination records before booking airline tickets and rooms at the designated quarantine facility.       Enquiries can be made to the Labour Department hotline 2717 1771 or via email.
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