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Data to support 21-day qurantine policy

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Dear Department of Health,
Referring to a letter to the editor published by Ronald Taylor https://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/art... here are the questions for the department to answer under the Code on Access to Information

1. Among the over 11,000 cases of the Covid-19 virus in Hong Kong, please state how many of these cases were travellers who had completed their two-week quarantine with negative test results, but were subsequently found to be infected?

2. In how many of these cases was there no reasonable doubt that they could not have been infected while in quarantine or subsequently?

3. What are the justifications for requiring visitors and residents returning from most countries to be quanrantined for 21 days instead of 14 days?

The first two questions are raised in the letter which I consider legitimate and relevant. The third question seeks direct explanation and justification for the policy. In addition, please consider writing a letter to the editor in SCMP in response.

Yours faithfully,
Dr Simon Wang, Ph.D., FHEA
Lecturer in English
Language Centre
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 34117044
http://lc.hkbu.edu.hk/staff_simon.php
Writing for the Public Project https://sites.google.com/a/hkbu.edu.hk/w...

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I sent a message to Ronald Taylor who raised the questions via SCMP editors to let him know about this request and the one for DH https://accessinfo.hk/en/request/data_to...

Updates on both requests are publicly available

Department of Health

Dear Dr Simon Wang,

Referring to your preceding email , please be advised that part of the
requested information /the requested information is under the purview of
the Food and Health Bureau ("FHB").   Subject to your consent of providing
the preceding email to FHB, we will refer your case to FHB accordingly.
 Grateful if you would reply to me by 17.3.2021.  

If you have any enquiry, please contact me at 3107 2570.  Thank you.

Regards,
Miss Denise WONG
for Department of Health

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Department of Health

To: Dr Simon Wang

Dear Dr Wang,
Code on Access to Information
Re: Application No. 1/2021
        I refer to your application dated 9.3.2021 seeking access to
information.
        Your case is receiving attention.  You will be advised further on
or before 19.3.2021.

        Should you have any questions in the meantime, please contact me
by email or by phone 2125 2380.

(Miss Malina LEE)
for Director of Health
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This e-mail message (together with any attachments) is for the designated
recipient only.  It may contain information that is privileged for the
designated recipient.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are
hereby notified that any use, retention, disclosure, copying, printing,
forwarding or dissemination of the message is strictly prohibited.  If you
have received the message in error, please erase all copies of the message
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Department of Health

To: Dr Simon Wang,

Dear Dr Wang,

        I refer to your mail of 9.3.2021, and write to furnish a reply to
your Questions 1 and 2, as follows:

For Q.1:
As of 23 Mar 2021, among the over 2100 imported cases, there were 83
imported cases who were reported more than 14 days after arrival to Hong
Kong.

For Q.2:
According to epidemiological investigation, the sources of infection of
these cases were mostly likely from the imported countries than from
quarantine or other sources.  We have already excluded those cases that
the likely sources of infection were not from the imported countries.

        Question 3 is still being considered by the subject office.  A
separate reply will be given to you a little later.

(Miss Malina LEE)
for Director of Health
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recipient only.  It may contain information that is privileged for the
designated recipient.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are
hereby notified that any use, retention, disclosure, copying, printing,
forwarding or dissemination of the message is strictly prohibited.  If you
have received the message in error, please erase all copies of the message
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Department of Health

Dear Dr Wang,

We refer to your e-mail to the Department of Health dated 9 March 2021,
which was referred to this Bureau for answering Question 3.  

You may wish to read the latest publicly available sources of information
as listed below:

(a) LegCo Panel Info Paper (LC Paper No. CB(2)616/20-21(01), dated 8
January 2021
[1]https://www.legco.gov.hk/yr20-21/english...

(b) Government Press Release, dated 15 March 2021
[2]https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2021...  

Regards,
(Kelsey So)
for Secretary for Food and Health

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