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Suspected adverse case explained

An expert committee today said a suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination did not have a direct link with the jab.   The Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation made the statement after it convened an urgent meeting to assess the case.   The 63-year-old man, who received a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine on February 26, suffered from acute shortness of breath with cough and attended Queen Elizabeth Hospital by himself in the early morning of February 28. His condition worsened rapidly and he succumbed that morning.   According to the Hospital Authority, the patient was a heavy smoker, had a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity and suspected ischemic heart disease.   The preliminary autopsy information revealed that he had serious coronary heart disease which led to acute myocardial infarction and pulmonary oedema, resulting in respiratory failure before passing away.   Having cons

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Yau Ma Tei mobile testing continues

The Government today said it will continue to arrange compulsory testing for places with one or more confirmed COVID-19 cases in Yau Ma Tei.   A mobile specimen collection station at Kwun Chung Sports Centre and mobile specimen collection vehicles located at the section of Canton Road between Jordan Road and Saigon Street have been set up to conduct free testing for residents.   Residents required to undergo compulsory testing may also take the test for free at the testing centre set up at Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre.   The Home Affairs Department and its Yau Tsim Mong District Office have arranged for helpers who speak Nepali, Urdu and other languages to conduct home visits and explain relevant arrangements at buildings covered by the compulsory testing notices.   They distributed information in multiple languages and registered residents’ details to facilitate follow-up on mandatory testing in the future.   So far, more than 7,100 residents have undergone testing at the above venues.   The Government appealed to people under compulsory testing notices to get tested as soon as possible.   Those who fail to comply with the testing notice may be fined $5,000 and will be issued a compulsory testing order requiring them to undergo testing within a specified time frame.   If they fail to comply with the order, they will be liable to a $25,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment.
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