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Health chief visits Eastern Hospital

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau today visited Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital to get an update on the service of public hospitals.        He toured the hospital’s specialist outpatient clinic, medical ward, accident and emergency department and hyperbaric oxygen therapy centre, followed by a meeting with its management and frontline healthcare staff to learn about the service demands and manpower deployment.        Prof Lo said: "Having gone through the anti-epidemic work in the past three years, Hong Kong is on the road to full normalcy. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all healthcare staff for their efforts in performing duties and working tirelessly amidst immense work pressure to safeguard the city's healthcare system.”            Noting that Hong Kong will see a sharp rise in the number of travellers with the full resumption of normal travel with the Mainland, Prof Lo said the Government will closely monitor the development of the CO

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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