Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Director of the Chief Executive’s Office and Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) test positive for COVID-19

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Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Erick Tsang Kwok-wai

23rd June 2022 – (Hong Kong)   A Government spokesman today said that the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Erick Tsang Kwok-wai, and the Director of the Chief Executive’s Office, Mr Chan Kwok-ki, had tested positive for COVID-19 through nucleic acid tests.  They are undergoing isolation in accordance with the guidelines of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health.

 Mr Tsang and Mr Chan last went to work on 22nd and 20th June respectively. They wore masks and followed relevant disease prevention measures at work, including rapid antigen tests conducted daily with negative results obtained.  They have no recent travel history. 

The wife of Mr Tsang, the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Ms Louise Ho Pui-shan, has tested negative for COVID-19 through a nucleic acid test.  She is identified as a close contact after the assessment conducted by the CHP, and is undergoing quarantine in accordance with the guidelines of the CHP.

 Mr Chan has been undergoing quarantine since 21st June in accordance with the guidelines of the CHP as his wife has earlier tested positive for COVID-19.

The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau and the Chief Executive’s Office will conduct thorough cleaning and disinfection at the offices concerned, and will arrange for relevant staff members to undergo COVID-19 tests in accordance with the advice from the CHP.

Meanwhile,  a spokesman for the Development Bureau (DEVB) said today that the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Ricky Lau, had tested positive for COVID-19 through nucleic acid test. He is undergoing isolation in accordance with the guidelines of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health.
      
 Mr Lau had been undergoing quarantine and working from home since June 19 in accordance with the guidelines of the CHP as his wife has earlier tested positive for COVID-19. He last went to work on June 17. He wore masks and followed relevant disease prevention measures at work, including rapid antigen tests conducted daily with negative results obtained.  He has no recent travel history.

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