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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

Water seepage at hospital explained

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Hospital Authority today announced an incident of water seepage through the ceiling at Queen Mary Hospital that affected a ward housing COVID-19 patients.   It explained that at around 9.30am yesterday, water seepage was found on the ceiling of a cardiothoracic surgical (CTS) ward of the hospital’s Main Block. Right above that ward is an isolation ward housing confirmed COVID-19 patients.   An inspection revealed that there was drainage leakage at the isolation ward and the water seeped through the ceiling of the CTS ward.   It caused water droplets to drip on a male patient’s head and hand. He also suspected that water had drizzled into his eyes.   Water droplets also dripped on the face and head of a nurse in the CTS ward and the face of a cleaning staff handling the water seepage.   The hospital's infection control team visited the ward concerned to determine the cause of the incident and the patient's condition. While the patient required hospitalisation for treatment, he has been transferred to an isolation ward for further treatment as a precautionary measure.   While the nurse and the cleaning staff will undergo medical surveillance, the hospital also arranged for the three affected to undergo COVID-19 tests and the test results were negative.   Part of the CTS ward is currently closed for disinfection and repairs. Twelve patients in the ward were transferred to other areas and two operations originally scheduled for today have been postponed. The hospital has contacted the affected patients to explain and reschedule the operations.   Meanwhile, there was no interruption to isolation services throughout this period.   Comprehensive repairs and improvement works for the related drainage pipes have been arranged and will be completed in one to two weeks.   The hospital has apologised to the affected patients.
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