Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, the Government has been racing against time to curb the spread of the virus, 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.
The Government announced the addition of the Red Code and Amber Code into the Vaccine Pass to differentiate persons with higher risk of infection. Starting from August 9, confirmed cases will be categorised as persons with a Red Code, and inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan will be categorised as persons with an Amber Code. Their Vaccine Pass QR codes will be displayed in red or amber accordingly.
The Government announced today (July 24) the implementation of an upgraded electronic health declaration system on a trial basis starting from 0.00am on July 28 (Hong Kong Time), requiring inbound persons to complete the online electronic health declaration of the Department of Health (DH) and obtain a QR code before boarding their flights to Hong Kong. The launch of the upgraded electronic health declaration system will facilitate the Government's progressive enhancements to the electronic checking and processing of arrival quarantine procedures, thereby streamlining the process and reducing the time required for inbound persons to stay at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
Twenty-one Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs) are providing COVID-19 vaccination service to members of the public on June 1. The opening hours of the CVCs are from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays. They are closed daily between 1.30pm and 2.30pm for cleaning. The CVCs at Hong Kong Central Library, Kowloon Bay Sports Centre, Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre and Tsuen Wan Sports Centre were closed after finishing their service to the public at the night of May 31 in accordance with the arrangement as announced earlier.
The Department of Health announced that its 11 Elderly Health Centres will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccination walk-in service with the CoronaVac vaccine for all persons aged 65 or above, to encourage and assist the elderly to receive COVID-19 vaccination.
The Government appeals to elderly persons aged 70 or above or persons with impaired mobility due to illness or physical disability who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine before to seize the opportunity to register for the free door-to-door vaccination service via the Home Vaccination Service website (www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/hv/) or the enquiry hotline (Tel: 5688 5234) as soon as possible. Starting from June 13, the Home Vaccination Call Centre will operate from 9am to 8pm from Monday to Friday.
- From August 12 (Hong Kong Time), inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan will be subject to quarantine under the "3+4" model, i.e. they will be subject to compulsory quarantine in DQHs for three days, followed by medical surveillance at home for four days, with multiple tests during medical surveillance and the monitoring period thereafter. They will be subject to Amber Code restrictions under the Vaccine Pass during medical surveillance period, and are not allowed to enter high-risk premises involving mask-off or group activities, as well as other premises requiring key protection
- Starting 0.00am on August 12 (Hong Kong Time), all persons boarding flights to Hong Kong from overseas places or Taiwan are required to complete the online Health & Quarantine Information Declaration of the Department of Health in advance to declare record of completion of vaccination… and present the health declaration QR code generated after completion of the declaration at check-in for verification by airlines for boarding.
- Persons arriving at Hong Kong under the Return2hk or Come2hk Schemes will not be affected and they can continue to be exempted from compulsory quarantine. For other persons not arriving from the Mainland or Macao under the Return2hk or Come2hk Schemes, their compulsory quarantine period at home will be correspondingly adjusted to three nights, followed by four nights of self-monitoring on the third day of arrival at Hong Kong.
The Department of Health (DH) said on July 27 to further facilitate the self-monitoring of inbound travellers undergoing quarantine at designated quarantine hotels (DQHs), the DH has developed a supplementary platform, "Electronic COVID-19 Medical Surveillance System", for a trial run. Under the trial run, those who stay at DQHs can, acting on their own will, choose to register their rapid antigen test results and personal health status through the system.
The Government has enhanced the existing free point-to-point transport services for inbound persons, and also introduced new options of self-paid transport services, with a view to shortening the journey time from HKIA to DQHs, a Government spokesman said…DQH taxis operate from 8am to 2am daily. Inbound persons who opt to go to DQHs by taxis at their own expense should inform the staff at the Arrival Hall after completing immigration procedures and baggage claim. They should go to the designated area for waiting and boarding DQH taxis as instructed.
From August 1, onwards, all visitors (except for official visitors) are required to undergo polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 (PCR tests) prior to the visit and provide negative PCR test results obtained within 48 hours in order to visit RCHs. To strengthen RCHs' anti-epidemic barrier and protect RCH residents, the Government will require all RCH staff, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated, to undergo PCR tests once every seven days starting from July 27.
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.
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: 10/08/2022