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Hong Kong reports 4 new imported COVID-19 cases

12 Oct 2021, 21:18 GMT+10

HONG KONG, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the total tally to 12,272.

The new imported cases are from Britain, Indonesia and Russia. Three cases involved mutant strains while the mutation test result of the remaining case is pending.

A total of 72 cases have been reported in the past 14 days, including one local case, according to the CHP.

Hong Kong's vaccination drive is making steady progress. Since the launch of the government inoculation program in late February, around 4.54 million people, or 67.4 percent of the eligible population, have taken at least one shot of the vaccines, while around 4.29 million are fully vaccinated.

Commenting on media reports that foreign chambers of commerce are concerned that Hong Kong is currently unable to allow the quarantine-free entry of personnel from foreign countries, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam Tuesday said the aim is to strive for the resumption of quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.

Lam also said Hong Kong's decades-old status as an international financial center will not be affected by the temporary suspension of quarantine-free travel for foreign countries due to public health measures.

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