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Sunday, June 20, 2021, 14:05
HK logs 1 new case, to 'carefully examine' easing virus curbs
By Wang Zhan
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 14:05 By Wang Zhan

Pedestrians walk along a street in Hong Kong on June 16, 2021. (ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong reported one imported COVID-19 case on Sunday as the government said it will “carefully examine” if there’s room to relax social distancing measures with current rules set to expire this week.

In a statement, the Centre for Health Protection said the imported case involved a 36-year-old man who arrived from  Russia. The city's tally stood at 11,886.

Hong Kong has reported zero locally-transmitted cases for more than 10 days

“We will review epidemic development, vaccine campaign progress and vaccine bubble implementation,” Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said in a blog post on Sunday.

Hong Kong has reported zero locally-transmitted cases for more than 10 days. The current social distancing rules will remain until June 23 to prevent a rebound in infections after several local confirmed cases involving the N501Y mutant virus strain were recorded in Hong Kong at the beginning of this month, Cheung said.

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Meanwhile, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee visited on Sunday the Community Vaccination Centre at the Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre to view the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine for ethnic minority residents.

"I am delighted to learn that over 60 ethnic minority residents joined this vaccination activity arranged by Lok Sin Tong Lee Yin Yee United Centre - Support Service Centre for Ethnic Minorities,” Chan said.

Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee (second right) visits the Community Vaccination Centre at the Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre to view the administration of COVID-19 vaccines for ethnic minority residents on June 20, 2021. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

“They will not only protect themselves and their family members by getting vaccinated against COVID-19, but also contribute to the epidemic prevention and control work in Hong Kong,” she added.

Chan said the government has so far procured and authorized a total of 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use. 

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“The procured quantity is sufficient for vaccination of the entire population of Hong Kong. As the global pandemic situation is still raging, especially with the threat posed by mutant strains, it is imperative for members of the public to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect their own health and that of their families and others," she said.


With inputs from Bloomberg

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