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National Games office established

The Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau announced today the setting up of a co-ordination office to carry out planning and implementation work for the upcoming National Games, National Games for Persons with Disabilities and National Special Olympic Games.   The National Games Coordination Office, led by three senior directorate officers, will work closely with the governments of Guangdong and the Macao Special Administration Region to co-organise the 15th National Games.            The State Council announced in August 2021 that the 15th National Games are to be co-hosted in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau in 2025, the first time Hong Kong will have co-hosted the National Games.   The three locations will also co-host the 12th National Games for Persons with Disabilities and the 9th National Special Olympic Games after the 15th National Games are held.        The Hong Kong SAR Organising Committee of the 15th National Games was formed in May, with the Chief Executive a

Probe on crew infection updated

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) today said the compulsory quarantine for 111 aircrew members of Cathay Pacific Airways, in relation to the same hotel in Germany where three imported COVID-19 cases involving local aircrew had stayed, could be lifted.   It explained that the decision was based on the latest epidemiological information concerning the three infection cases and arrangements have been made for the aircrew concerned to be released from the quarantine centre.   In the CHP's earlier investigations, the three patients claimed they had not left their hotel rooms during their stay in Frankfurt, implying that the hotel was the only possible common source of their infection.   Based on the findings of the investigation report submitted by Cathay Pacific on November 18, the centre followed up on the three cases for their itinerary during their layover in Frankfurt. They subsequently admitted that they had left their hotel rooms, visited places near the hotel multiple times and met each other or a friend outside it.   In parallel, the CHP has provided information on the three cases and the hotel they stayed at to the health authority of Germany. Investigation by such health authority found that no cases in Germany have been reported in connection with the hotel and there is no known outbreak in it.   As the genetic sequences of the three cases are highly similar and according to latest investigation findings, it is very likely that they acquired the infection from each other or a common source outside the hotel and the possibility of an outbreak in the hotel was relatively low.   The CHP has further carried out an investigation on the aircrew who have been put under quarantine in relation to the hotel and confirmed that 10 aircrew should be classified as close contacts of the three cases. They will continue to be quarantined.   For the remaining 111 aircrew members, they had a history of staying in the same hotel but had no contact with the three cases outside the hotel in Germany. Cathay Pacific has also verified that such aircrew had no contact with the three cases outside the hotel.   The CHP said it will further probe if any of the cases have violated the Prevention & Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation and provided inaccurate information to hinder the public health investigation.   Enforcement action will be taken if necessary, it added.
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