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CE begins visit to Xi'an

Chief Executive Carrie Lam left Chongqing for Xi'an today and began her visit programme in Shaanxi Province.   After arriving in Xi'an, she met Shaanxi Governor Zhao Yide and attended a lunch he hosted.   Mrs Lam said she was pleased to visit Shaanxi for the first time as Chief Executive and congratulated Shaanxi on the successful hosting of the 14th National Games.   She expressed hope that Shaanxi would share its valuable experience, enabling the governments of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Guangdong Province and the Macau SAR to do a good job in hosting the 15th National Games in 2025.   Noting that Shaanxi is a key link for the nation's Belt & Road Initiative with its rich cultural history, the Chief Executive said the two places can build on the close trade and economic ties to enhance collaboration to contribute to the initiative and promote arts and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world.   She added that the Hong Kong

Airport runway site cluster detected

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 28 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 26 are locally transmitted.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre’s Principal Medical & Health Officer Dr Albert Au said five new cases were found among workers at the Hong Kong International Airport Three-runway System construction site.   He said a total of nine cases have been recorded at the site.   Seven of the cases work under a single contract, while the other two patients work for another contract, Dr Au added.   “According to information provided by the Airport Authority and the contractors of different companies, their workers do not mix together and they work in different areas or parts of the reclamation island.   “Because the island is a very huge area and it is divided into different zones in which different contractors work in different areas, so the possibility of mixing between the workers of different companies in the construction site is very minimal.   “I think most of the risk is from sharing common facilities within the construction site such as the containers.”   Dr Au said about 6,000 workers will be required to undergo compulsory testing.   Among the local cases, six have unknown sources of infection and there are more than 40 preliminary positive cases.   Additionally, 11 buildings in Yau Tsim Mong District with sewage samples that tested positive have been included in the compulsory testing notice.   People who had been at those buildings for more than two hours from January 17 to 30 have to undergo testing by February 2.   If people subject to compulsory testing have previously undergone testing between January 28 and 30, they would be taken to have complied with the requirements set out in the notice.   The Government will set up mobile specimen collection stations at Sycamore Playground in Mong Kok and Lai On Estate in Sham Shui Po tomorrow, while the service period of the mobile specimen collection station at Man Wui Street, Ferry Point in Jordan will be extended to February 1.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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