This undated photo shows the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong. (LO PING FAI/XINHUA)
HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported one imported COVID-19 case on Sunday, the second consecutive day with no recorded local infection, pushing the city’s tally of confirmed cases to 11,807.
According to the Centre for Health Protection, the imported case involved a 52-year-old woman from Argentina who showed no symptoms of the coronavirus.
The government also reported that, as of Saturday, about 1,704,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to members of the public
A total of 76 cases have been reported in the past 14 days, including 13 local infections that included one untraceable case.
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Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, chief secretary for administration, stressed on Sunday in an online article the necessity of stringent efforts to cut the transmission chains of the N501Y mutant strain to prevent a mass outbreak in the communities.
Cases involving foreign domestic workers who contracted the N501Y were reported in Hong Kong recently, stoking fear for another round of the outbreak.
The government has taken decisive action to stop the spread, including virus tests for domestic helpers. More than 280,000 domestic workers had received the tests by Friday and another 50,000 would undergo the virus screen this weekend.
Cheung called the COVID-19 fight a top priority in Hong Kong and urged residents to continue to follow control measures, including social distancing, and take the vaccines as early as possible.
Meanwhile, about 1,704,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to members of the public as of Saturday, according to a government statement.
It added that about 1,055,500 persons have received their first dose, with about 473,200 persons receiving the Sinovac vaccine and about 582,400 persons getting the BioNTech vaccine. About 648,900 people have been fully vaccinated.
Also on Saturday, there were two reported deaths of persons who had been inoculated but there was no clinical evidence to show that their deaths were caused by the vaccine, according to a separate government statement.
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The Hospital Authority has referred the cases to the Coroner, it added.
With Xinhua inputs