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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

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Staff members and visitors who had been to the intensive care unit or ward 2D of United Christian Hospital (UCH) from December 15 to 27 will need to be tested for COVID-19, the Hospital Authority announced today.

The authority’s Chief Manager (Quality & Standards) Dr Lau Ka-hin made the statement at a press briefing this afternoon.

He said all UCH staff will be encouraged to get tested as well, and a mobile testing station will be set up near the hospital from December 28.

Dr Lau explained that it may not be possible to detect all patients carrying COVID-19 when they are admitted to hospitals.

“As you all know, we now perform COVID-19 tests for all admitted patients on the first admission date. Actually, we know that it may not be possible to detect all the patients carrying the virus as there will be an incubation period.

“At that time, we may not be able to detect the virus because the viral load may be very low.

“We have reminded our staff to increase their alertness. Whenever they have suspicions, they should perform the COVID-19 test again, even for the third or fourth time, in order to find patients who carry the virus, which could not be detected at the beginning.”

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News