People walk through Exchange Square in the Central district of Hong Kong on July 26, 2021. (ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)
HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported two new imported COVID-19 infections on Monday, bringing the city’s tally to 12,123.
The Centre for Health Protection said in a statement that the new cases involved a 23-year-old woman who arrived from Indonesia and a 20-year-old man from the United States. The man started having symptoms on Sept 3 while the woman was asymptomatic.
The female patient had received two vaccine shots in Hong Kong on March 7 and April 6 while the man was vaccinated in the US on April 13 and May 4.
The CHP added that a total of 69 cases were reported from Aug 23 to Sept 5, all of them imported
The CHP added that a total of 69 cases were reported from Aug 23 to Sept 5, all of them imported.
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Meanwhile, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen attended on Monday a government vaccination outreach service at Wheelock and Company.
Nip and Chairman of Wheelock and Company Limited Douglas Woo watched as a group of about 230 persons, including company staff and their family members, received their jabs.
"As the epidemic remains severe around the globe, and in the face of the threat posed by mutant strains, there is a pressing need to get vaccinated. We must do our best to increase the vaccination rate. Basically, persons who are suitable for vaccination should get vaccinated so as to protect themselves and others,” Nip said.
Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen (first left), Chairman of Wheelock and Company Limited Douglas Woo (second left), and Managing Director of Wheelock Properties Limited Ricky Wong (second right) chat with a staff member (centre) who got her jab during a government vaccination outreach service at Wheelock and Company on Sept 6, 2021. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
"For the continuation of economic activities and the prevention of a new wave of the epidemic in the community, it is essential for operators of enterprises or organizations to get fully prepared and for their employees to get vaccinated or to undergo regular testing,” he said.
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“I appeal to them to follow the Government's practice to require all employees, except those medically unfit, to receive vaccination or undergo regular virus testing at their own expense," he added.
Since the Civil Service Bureau launched the vaccination outreach service, its team has provided shots to enterprises and organizations 113 times, benefiting about 16,300 persons.