Chief Executive Lee Ka-chao returned to Hong Kong from his trip to Thailand and was diagnosed with COVID-19 in a nucleic acid test at the airport. He is currently self-isolating and working from home. attends meetings via video conference as required and no operating arrangements are required. The Office of the Chief Executive yesterday quoted Li Jiachao as saying that he had a slight fever and sore throat yesterday afternoon, “generally the situation is fine”, and he has been prescribed oral medication for the new crown. According to the data, within two days before the diagnosis, Li Jiachao “left the location arm in arm” with President Xi Jinping, meeting with Thai Deputy Prime Minister Supatanapon, and Chinese Ambassador to Thailand Han Zhiqiang, and was not wearing a mask for part of the journey.
Li Jiachao ended his first overseas trip after taking office the day before (20th), and the result of the nucleic acid test he received at Hong Kong Airport in the evening was positive. Responding to inquiries from the media yesterday, the Office of the Chief Executive said that Li Jiachao thanked all sectors of society for their concern. Yesterday afternoon, he had a slight fever and a sore throat.
Li Jiachao, who received the fourth dose of the new Sinovac crown vaccine in September this year, will work from home during the quarantine period and attend meetings via video as needed. The government will not make temporary appointments. As for the public events he originally intended to attend in person, other officials will attend on his behalf or make other appropriate arrangements, including the presidium meeting of the Hong Kong People’s Congress Election held at the Convention and Exhibition Center yesterday morning Today’s Council meeting will be postponed.
Visited Bangkok and met many political and business leaders
On Li Jiachao’s 4-day trip in Bangkok, Thailand, the rapid test results were all negative. Combining the government information department’s press release and Li Jiachao’s social networking site posts, he participated in many talks or meetings on Saturday and Sunday, and visited large enterprises in Bangkok, had breakfast in small shops in the city, and Thai entertained. business circles and local business groups. On Saturday afternoon, he left the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit with Xi Jinping’s arm in his arm, and sent Xi Jinping to the plane, and he did not wear a mask in it.
The business delegation led by the government to visit Bangkok did not return to Hong Kong with the Chief Executive the day before yesterday Secretary for Trade and Economic Development Yau Ying-wah said in Bangkok yesterday that all members of the delegation had been negative test result and complies with all epidemic prevention arrangements. Pak-liang, director of the Center for Infection and Infectious Diseases at the University of Hong Kong, said in a radio program yesterday that it is difficult to judge when Li Jiachao was infected, but since the incubation period of Omicron is about 1 to 3 days, it is believed that he was infected during a foreign visit.
Close contact with two accompanying persons must be quarantined at home
Eight staff members of the Chief Executive’s Office were assessed by the Health Protection Centre, Ye Wenjuan, director of the Chief Executive’s Office, and Du Jieli, the Chief Executive’s personal secretary, were defined as close contacts because they removed their masks and participated in long-term meetings or sharing meals with Li Jiachao They are in home quarantine, and the remaining 6 staff members are not defined as close contacts; the nucleic acid test results of the 8 people the night before and yesterday’s rapid test were all negative.
Li Jiachao is not the first high-ranking official to be infected with the virus while visiting a foreign country. When Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po went to the Middle East to promote Hong Kong at the end of last month, he took off his mask from time to time to introduce Hong Kong’s policies and benefits to officials from other countries. He was diagnosed later in Saudi Arabia and finally returned to Hong Kong in time to attend the International Financial Leaders Investment Summit. At that time, he still tested positive at the airport, but was defined as a non-infectious recovery case by the Center for Health Protection, which once sparked a public debate. Ombudsman Zhao Huixian visited New Zealand and Azerbaijan on business last month and was also diagnosed after returning to Hong Kong.
Imported cases accounted for 614 new highs
In terms of the local epidemic situation, 7,286 new cases were confirmed yesterday, of which 614 were imported cases, the highest level ever since the outbreak. Eleven more patients died between 60 and 94 years old yesterday. Li Weihong, a member of the Legislative Council’s financial services sector, quickly tested positive and is now in home isolation He attended the Legislative Council meeting last Thursday.
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