Since the outbreak of the fifth wave of the epidemic in Hong Kong in December 2021, the Government has been racing against time to curb the spread of the highly- transmissible omicron variant, reduce infection rates and ease pressure on the healthcare system.
The list of private doctors registered with the eHRSS who have obtained the COVID-19 antivirals for managing COVID-19 cases is published on www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/tp_pd_antiviral.pdf to facilitate the public in receiving treatment. The list will be updated when appropriate to reflect the changes in the number of doctors.
To provide an additional channel for members of the public to declare their non-local COVID-19 vaccination record, the Government is currently updating the system with a view to re-introducing the online platform for declaration of non-local vaccination record. Details will be announced as soon as possible. The Provisional Vaccine Pass is only applicable to persons who have arrived in Hong Kong on or after May 1 this year…There is no need for persons who arrived in Hong Kong and have obtained their non-local COVID-19 vaccination record QR code (or non-local vaccination record QR code with their recovery status incorporated) at boundary control points or post offices since September last year to make any declaration again at post offices.
To facilitate the use of the Vaccine Pass by recovered persons, starting from today, they may download the recovery record QR code through the COVID-19 Electronic Vaccination and Testing Record System (www.evt.gov.hk). Recovered persons can also choose to download the recovery record QR code using "iAM Smart" or the latest version of "eHealth" mobile applications.
The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Patrick Nip said, "Since the launch of registration a week ago, as of last night, about 7 900 persons had registered for the door-to-door vaccination service. We are very grateful for the support from the public, but we believe that there are still some people with special needs adopting a wait-and-see attitude, who we hope will grasp the opportunity and register as early as possible. There are 20 teams of staff from various medical organisations and groups today providing door-to-door vaccination in Eastern District. We will launch the door-to-door vaccination service in Sai Kung District on Thursday (April 28) and will progressively increase the daily number of outreach teams to speed up the progress of vaccination. We are also very grateful to the Hong Kong Community Anti-Coronavirus Link and the Hong Kong Volunteers Against Coronavirus for sending volunteers to assist the medical teams in the door-to-door vaccination service."
The Penny's Bay CIF is the largest among the isolation facilities constructed with Mainland support, providing around 7,000 units and around 14,000 beds in total. Given the large scale of the facility, China State Construction will hand over the CIF to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government for operation in phases. The first batch handed over today has around 1,000 units and around 2,000 beds. The remaining facilities in Penny's Bay, as well as the sizable CIFs adjacent to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and in the Lok Ma Chau Loop, are expected to be handed over to the HKSAR Government for operation within this month and over the next three months. Counting the six CIFs opened earlier, the nine CIFs constructed with Mainland support are set to provide about 50,000 beds. The anti-epidemic capabilities of Hong Kong would be greatly enhanced, which are incomparable to the shortfall of isolation facilities two months ago.
The Government started on April 19 the distribution of free rapid antigen test (RAT) kits to elderly persons aged 60 or above through various service units…The Government has observed long queues at a number of service units. Also, some elderly persons expressed that they were unable to collect the RAT kits as they are neither members nor service users of the relevant service units. To address the situation concerned, the Food and Health Bureau has immediately arranged logistics to provide stock replenishment to individual service units these few days. More frequent logistical support will also be arranged in the future to avoid the circumstance in which the elderly are unable to get the RAT kits.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) launched the “Declaration System for individuals tested positive for COVID-19 using Rapid Antigen Test” on March 7. People who have tested positive by Rapid Antigen
Test (RAT) can register direct their results via the platform, to facilitate the CHP to grasp the epidemic situation more accurately as well as to provide more appropriate support for patients with higher risks.
The link to the System is www.chp.gov.hk/ratp.
Starting from May 10, the first batch of successful employers will receive notifications via SMS message and email. Employers will normally receive the wage subsidies of May, involving around $2.3 billion in total, within one week after receiving the notifications. These employers have committed to employ around 300,000 employees in May. About 98 per cent of the first batch of employers receiving wage subsidies are micro- or small and medium-sized enterprises with less than 50 employees.
The Hospital Authority expresses heartfelt appreciation to Sun Hung Kai Properties for its generous donation of 5 000 Anti-epidemic care packs to support frontline healthcare workers fighting against the epidemic, boosting morale; and, at the same time, to provide 25 medical disinfection robots to HA for use.
The Hospital Authority expressed its heartfelt appreciation to the Shaw Foundation for its generous donation of $10 million to support healthcare workers.
Last revision date: 16/05/2022