CHP investigates 24 additional cases of COVID-19
- 24 new cases (19 with travel history)
- Total now 411 (410 confirmed + 1 probable)
- 106 discharged
Since 31 December 2019, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has received reports of a total of 4756 cases (as of 25 March 2020, 12:00 noon) fulfilling the reporting criteria of Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent, including 407 confirmed cases, 1 probable case (Case no. 97) of COVID-19 and 4054 cases which were ruled out as COVID-19. The remaining 294 cases were still hospitalised for investigation. Separately, the CHP has received notification of 3 additional confirmed cases after 25 March 2020, 12:00 noon. Among the 410 confirmed cases and 1 probable case, 301 remained hospitalised, 106 were discharged, while the remaining 4 cases were fatal cases (Case no. 13, 55, 89 and 99).
Public hospitals daily update on COVID-19
Update on COVID-19 test centres
DH sets up temporary specimen collection centre to speed up specimen collection from inbound travellers from overseas
The Department of Health will set up a temporary specimen collection centre at the AsiaWorld-Expo from March 26 to speed up the collection of specimens from inbound travellers from overseas for testing for COVID-19 and facilitate those who have difficulty in arranging family members or friends to submit their specimen. From March 25, the CHP has extended its Enhanced Laboratory Surveillance Programme to provide free testing for COVID-19 to asymptomatic inbound travellers arriving from the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe.
HKSAR Government arranges second batch of flights to bring back Hong Kong residents stranded in Hubei
The HKSAR Government on March 25 arranged a second batch of chartered flights to bring back Hong Kong residents stranded in Hubei Province back to Hong Kong. The first two chartered flights brought back 281 Hong Kong residents in Hubei Province. On the two flights were 238 Hong Kong people stranded in Xiaogan, Xianning and Huangshi in Hubei Province, as well as 43 people in other cities of Hubei Province who have urgent needs to return to Hong Kong, such as people suffering from serious illnesses or are in urgent need for medical treatments, children who are sick, and students sitting for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination.
Female Police officer preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19
A 22-year-old female officer who is stationed in Sham Shui Po Police Station was preliminarily tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). She is posted to a patrol sub-unit, has no travel history in the past 14 days, andwas not involved in any frontline duties that required interaction with members of the public.
OGCIO enhances service to support "StayHomeSafe" mobile app
More manpower has been deployed to man the telephone hotlines to strengthen the support to persons under quarantine using the "StayHomeSafe" mobile app. Email and SMS channels have also been set up for them to seek assistance.
Government steps up enforcement against breaches of quarantine orders and appeals to public to report breaches
Since the compulsory quarantine requirement for persons arriving at Hong Kong from foreign places was implemented from March 19, a total of 24 persons have been sent to the quarantine centres due to breaches of quarantine orders.
Statement by Chief Justice of Court of Final Appeal
"We have nevertheless been urgently exploring further ways to increase court services during this time without compromising the health and safety of court users, our staff and judges. For example, many judges have been proactively managing cases (for example by giving appropriate directions) and making determinations on paper (thus avoiding the need to have parties physically present in court). Further, as far as hearings are concerned, the judiciary is actively considering expanding the scope of hearings (beyond just urgent or essential matters) by hearing submissions by telephone, by video-conferencing or similar means of visual aid and generally making use of technology."- Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Mr Geoffrey Ma Tao-li
Postal services to certain destinations suspended or subject to delay
Transport Department's enhanced measures for processing licensing applications during epidemic
CE visits temporary accommodation at Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre
"Although disease prevention and control is not within the scope of work of the colleagues of the LCSD and the volunteers, they have been working as a team amid the COVID-19 epidemic and proactively took up the responsibility of managing the temporary accommodation, thereby contributing in the fight against the virus. They are heroes behind the scenes and I express my heartfelt gratitude to them," - CE Carrie Lam
Video: COVID-19 - How Hong Kong is Coping
Updated Fact Sheet: Hong Kong’s multi-pronged response to COVID-19 https://www.brandhk.gov.hk/uploads/brandhk/files/factsheets/Hong_Kong_Themes/Factsheet_COVID-19_March%2024_E.pdf
Website on the Fight Against the Coronavirus
Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation
- Expires June 18
Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation
- Expires May 7
CHP's geospatial dashboard on coronavirus infections
WHO Coronavirus website
BrandHK Update Page
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