60 new COVID-19 cases expected in HK today, COVID-19 vaccine will be available for vaccination as soon as next month

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9th January 2021 – (Hong Kong) The COVID-19 epidemic has shown signs of rebound as cases during the Christmas period started to appear. According to sources, nearly 60 new cases have been confirmed today (9th), and a total of 9,153 cases have been recorded in Hong Kong as of yesterday.

  With the prolonged local COVID-19 epidemic situation, there has been a widespread number of confirmed cases across all districts. Some of the confirmed cases have been asymptomatic, which indicates the existence of many silent transmission chains within the community. The Government has exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) to cover a number of buildings across the territory under compulsory testing notices and require residents, workers and visitors to undergo testing. To facilitate persons covered under the compulsory testing notices to undergo testing, the Government has arranged for testing service providers to set up mobile specimen collection stations at a number of locations in various districts to provide free and convenient testing services for them.

Two new mobile specimen collection stations are set up at Yan Ching House of Kai Ching Estate, Kowloon City, and Mei Tin Community Hall, Tai Wai. The Government has earlier extended the service period of the mobile specimen collection stations at Heung Sze Wui Street in Tai Po, Sha Tsui Road in Tsuen Wan, Wong Tai Sin Square, Tung Chung North Park and Wong Chuk Hang Recreation Ground to 15th January.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for vaccination as soon as next month. The Food and Health Bureau revealed that preparations for the vaccination plan can be completed in the middle of this month, and it is estimated that the public can be vaccinated around the Chinese New Year. Patrick Nip,  Secretary for the Civil Service, who is responsible for coordinating the work of the COVID-19 vaccine, pointed out that there are four ways of vaccination. The authorities plan to set up at least one vaccination centre in each district, and it is initially expected to operate for six months.

Residents in homes for the elderly and persons with disabilities who have limited mobility can receive home vaccination, private hospitals and private clinics will also participate in the plan, similar to the seasonal influenza vaccination plan, followed by hospital clinics under the Hospital Authority and outpatient clinics of the Department of Health Services.

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