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29/04/2020

Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

With the joint efforts of the healthcare sector and the community since early this year, the various public health measures that aim to enhance social distancing and border control have begun to deliver results. As a result, the number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong appears to have stabilised in recent days. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 pandemic remains severe and volatile around the globe. This is not the time to let our guard down.

Early testing and detection of COVID-19

As some people infected with COVID-19 only have mild symptoms, members of the public are advised to seek medical advice promptly when feeling unwell, so that appropriate management can be given at the earliest possible time. Apart from the accident and emergency service of public hospitals and general out-patient clinics, they may also visit private clinics and hospitals, and make a request to their private doctors for COVID-19 testing when there is any suspicion. The Department of Health will provide the testing for free. Patients can return the specimen by their private doctors, family members or friends in the same morning. Patients of private doctors may also choose to use the door-to-door specimen collection service and the service fee is HKD$100.

You may visit Annex 1 for more details.


Measures to enhance social distancing to be extended for 14 days
With a view to safeguarding against any sudden turn in the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, the Government will extend the measures regulating catering business premises, scheduled premises and prohibiting group gatherings. At the same time, the requirements on the number of customers in catering business premises must not exceed 50% of the normal seating capacity will be suspended (effective from 0.00am on April 24 till May 7). The Government has been reviewing the feasibility of relevant measures and will make timely adjustments in view of the latest developments of the disease.

A summary is at Annex 2.

Please visit DH Facebook and Thematic Website (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html) regularly for further information and updates.

PDF Version : Annex 1 
PDF Version : Annex 2
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30/03/2020
Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — New requirements to reduce gatherings come into effect

Maintaining social distancing is key to delay the spread of COVID-19 in Hong Kong.
The Government reminds the public and the trade that the below new anti-epidemic regulations have already come into effect. They are advised to strictly comply with the regulations, enhance social distancing and prevent mass gatherings with concerted efforts:

(1) Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirement and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F)
- New requirements for Catering Business (effective from March 28 at 6pm for 14 days)
- 6 types of premises must be closed (effective from March 28 at 6pm for 14 days)
(Details: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202003/27/P2020032700878.htm and
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap599F!en?INDEX_CS=N)

 (2) Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap.599G)
- Group gatherings with more than four people in public places must be prohibited (effective from March 29 at 0.00am for 14 days)
(Details: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202003/28/P2020032800720.htm and
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap599G!en?INDEX_CS=N)

The Government has been reviewing the feasibility of relevant measures and will make adjustments on a timely basis in view of the latest development of the disease.

Please visit DH Facebook, Thematic Website (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html) and Social Distancing page (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/social_distancing.html) regularly for further information and updates. Attached please also find some questions and answers in relation to the measures.

Click here for Q&A on new requirements to reduce gatherings

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30/03/2020
COVID-19 refers to the acute respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, of which symptoms include fever, tiredness, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Older people and those who have underlying medical conditions (such as asthma or chronic heart conditions) have a higher risk of developing severe disease or even death.

The latest research strongly suggests that smokers who have contracted COVID-19 are more likely to develop severe complications compared to non-smokers. Tobacco use causes respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, which increase the risk of severe illness and death in infected patients. Scientific evidence has long confirmed that smoking impairs lung and cardiovascular tissues and functions, which drastically suppress body’s immune system and tissue repair, increasing the risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia. In order to protect themselves and those around them, smokers should quit smoking now.

For details about Tobacco and COVID-19, please refer to the TACO website at  
https://www.taco.gov.hk/t/tc_chi/infostation/infostation_covid19.html

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28/03/2020
With a view to combating the COVID-19 epidemic, the Government will impose stringent measures and prohibit any group gathering of more than four persons in any public place.  Stay at home, avoid crowded places and maintain social distancing.

Press Release on Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation: PDF Version click here

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24/03/2020

Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — Enhancements for the anti-epidemic measures

The Government announced enhancements yesterday (March 23) for the anti-epidemic measures, responding quickly to the latest developments of the disease.

To further prevent imported cases and cut the global and local virus transmission chain as far as possible, with effect from 0.00am on March 25, tentatively for 14 days:

- All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong;
- Non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days;
- All transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will be suspended; and
- All travellers coming from Macao and Taiwan, including Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong residents, will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine, which is the same as the arrangements for people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland.

Other measures include: early Identification of asymptomatic inbound travellers, stringent enforcement actions to combat breaches of quarantine orders and reducing social contacts and gatherings further.

In addition, it is learnt that some home-use test kits for COVID-19 testing have been selling in the market recently. Members of the public are reminded that the effectiveness and accuracy of related test kits are still in doubt. Without the direction of medical professionals, the public should not to purchase or use any Home-use In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Medical Devices for novel coronavirus testing. Never replace doctor’s diagnosis by home-use IVD test results. Seek medical advice immediately in case of doubt or occurrence of suspicious symptoms. Attached please also fine the Tips on Using Home-use IVD Medical Devices.

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13 Mar 2020
Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — The World Health Organization announced COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic

As the transmission of COVID-19 virus has been increasing around the world, members of the public are advised to consider delaying all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.

Members of the public are urged to go out less and reduce social activities such as meals gatherings or other gatherings, and maintain appropriate social distance with other people as far as possible. To maintain at all times strict personal and environmental hygiene is key to personal protection against infection and prevention of the spread of the disease in the community.

Please visit DH Facebook and thematic website (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html) regularly for further information and updates. Attached please also find the latest disease information and preventive measures of COVID-19.

PDF information:
COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Click Here
Prevention of Coronavirus Disease in the Workplace - Click Here

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10 Mar 2020
Updated Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — Members of the public are advised to consider delaying all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong

As the transmission of COVID-19 virus has been increasing around the world, members of the public are advised to consider delaying all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.

Do not travel to Hubei Province where there is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 virus. Avoid unnecessary travel to Korea (especially Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do); Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions in Italy; as well as Iran. When travelling to countries/areas with active community transmission of COVID-19 virus, the public should avoid close contact with persons with fever or respiratory symptoms. If it is unavoidable to come into contact with them, put on a surgical mask and continue to do so until 14 days after returning to Hong Kong.

Please visit DH Facebook and thematic website (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html) regularly for further information and updates. Attached please also find the latest disease information and preventive measures of COVID-19.

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Prevent pneumonia and respiratory tract infection - Click Here
Leaflet: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Click Here

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06 Mar 2020

Posters - Maintain Cough Manners
Hindi, Nepali & Urdu Version - Click Here

Bahasa Indonesia, Tagalog & Thai Version - Click Here

Posters - Prevention of pneumonia and respiratory tract infection

Hindi, Nepali & Urdu Version - Click Here
Bahasa Indonesia, Tagalog & Thai Version - Click Here

Reduce social contact to protect yourself and others
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01 Mar 2020

Chief Executive visits ethnic minority families

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited several ethnic minority grassroots families in Yau Tsim Mong district. She gave them face masks, daily necessities and leaflets with health information prepared in the languages they are familiar with. The Chief Executive appealed to the whole community, regardless of their background and race to fight the disease together.

Please see the following video link:
(Hindi) 
https://www.had.gov.hk/rru/video/e20200301_CE_vist_hindi_1080_10Mb.mp4
(Nepali) https://www.had.gov.hk/rru/video/e20200301_CE_vist_Nep_1080_10Mb.mp4
(Urdu) https://www.had.gov.hk/rru/video/e20200301_CE_vist_Urdu_1080_10Mb.mp4

(Press release) https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202003/01/P2020030100674.htm


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04 Mar 2020

Information for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - DH uploaded list of buildings of persons under compulsory quarantine


The Department of Health (DH) yesterday (February 28) announced that a list of buildings where persons under compulsory quarantine pursuant to the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) (the Regulation) are conducting quarantine has been uploaded onto the Government’s "COVID-19 Thematic Website" (www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html).

Starting from February 8, save for persons exempted under the Regulation, the DH will issue quarantine orders to all persons, including Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents, entering Hong Kong from the Mainland or have been to the Mainland in the past 14 days preceding arrival in Hong Kong. Thus far, the vast majority of them are Hong Kong residents conducting quarantine at home while some are conducting quarantine at hotels or at quarantine camps (Tso Kung Tam Outdoor Recreation Centre and Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre) under individual circumstances for the 14-day quarantine. By requiring the persons under quarantine to stay at their dwelling places for 14 days, the measure aims to reduce two-way cross-boundary people flow between the two places. Persons under quarantine are not allowed to leave Hong Kong within the quarantine period. They are required to measure body temperature on their own on a daily basis to monitor their health condition. If fever or other symptoms arise, they may call the Centre for Health Protection’s hotline. Upon assessment, they will be arranged for treatment in hospital if necessary.

Persons under quarantine at home, hotel or quarantine camps are asymptomatic and have passed body temperature screening upon arrival in Hong Kong, and have not visited Hubei Province 14 days preceding their arrival. They are not close contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19. Thus far, no person under compulsory quarantine became confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the quarantine period.

Contravening the compulsory quarantine requirement is a criminal offence. Offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for six months. Thus far, the majority of the persons under quarantine have been cooperative and stay at their dwelling places. Also, the Government has various measures in place for monitoring the compliance. While officers from disciplinary forces would assist in spot checks, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer would make use of a location-sharing function of communication software and electronic wristbands to ensure that persons under quarantine are staying at their dwelling places.

The Centre for Health Protection has also provided guidelines on personal and environmental hygiene (www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/nid_guideline_general_public_en.pdfwww.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/advice_for_properties_management_for_nid_of_public_health_significance_eng.pdf) to keep the public and property management companies updated on the latest development.

Attached please find the aforementioned guidelines.
Health Advice for Properties Management
Guidelines on Prevention for the General Public


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04 Mar 2020

Health Information for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Avoid gatherings and step up environmental hygiene


To minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the community, we all need to work together. Members of the public should always maintain good personal and environmental hygiene.
To prevent the spread of the disease in the community, we should reduce social contact: stay at home as far as possible; stay away from crowded places; work from home if feasible; avoid social gatherings (including religious gatherings); do not shake hands when meeting other people; and avoid meal gatherings.

In addition, members of the public, persons-in-charge of premises and properties management should step up environmental h
ygiene: frequently touched surfaces such as furniture, toys, toilets, bathrooms, floors and faucets should be cleaned and disinfected at least daily. Common areas and facilities should be regularly cleaned, disinfected and maintained, such as staircases, lifts, lobbies, refuse collection chambers, canopies and ventilation fans. Click Here for PDF information

Please find the related health education materials.
Aviod gathering
Health Advice for Workplace
Health Advice for Properties Management


Please visit DH's Facebook and thematic webpage (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html) regularly for further information and updates.

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02 Mar 2020

Due to Novel Coronavirus outbreak, there are some special arrangements:

(1) Centre opening hours (29/1 to 15/3): Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 6pm (except Monday and public holidays) (Centre will provide limited services. Please call us instead of coming to centre in case of need and inquiries)

(2) Programs for children and youths (29/1 to 20/4) will be postponed .

(3) Programs for adults (29/1 to 15/3) will be postponed.



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