Three of four officers cleared of the virus

Local | 22 Feb 2020 1:00 am

Police on Friday said that three out of four police officers, who were the close contacts of the city's first officer to be diagnosed with Covid-19, have tested negative for the novel virus. 

However, results are still pending for the fourth officer. 

Health officials confirmed on Friday at a press briefing that the four constables had demonstrated different virus-like symtpoms a day after tests on the North Point-based riot officer came back positive for Covid-19. 

In a statement, police also said that the result of a female officer rumoured to have been infected came back negative, even though she had indeed fell sick and had sought treatment at Ruttonjee Hospital on Friday morning. 

The force also said that as of 10pm on Friday, 11 out of 59 people who had close contacts with the infected officer have already been contacted, and they will undergo quarnatine at the Heritage Lodge in Mei Foo. 

The statement also said cleansing and sterilization measures have been taken out at police facilities that are potentially contaminated, and additional precautions have been taken at North Point and Chai Wai stations, including compulsory temperature screening for all officers that report duties and requiring them to put on face masks. 

On Tuesday, a 48-year-old man who tested positive for the virus was among the 60 police officers who attended a farewell banquet for a retiring colleague.

Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan, the head of the Center for Health Protection's Commuincable Disease Branch, advised that people should avoid social gatherings as much as possible to help stop the spread of the fatal virus.

"I am here to appeal to people that if you are sick, please do not go to work, especially those who have to face the public frequently at work," Chuang said. 

 

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