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(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today announced it is investigating 22 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 19 are locally transmitted.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Principal Medical & Health Officer Dr Albert Au said that among the local cases, 10 have unknown sources of infection.   One of the new cases involves a customer service staff member at a Hung Hom hotel. An outsourced maintenance worker at the hotel was earlier confirmed infected with COVID-19. Dr Au said the two staff worked at the same hotel but did not interact with each other.   “For the COVID-19 outbreak in the Harbourfront Horizon Suites in Hung Hom, so far all those infected involve workers or staff of this hotel. There are no residents affected so far.   “According to information from the hotel, the staff wore masks during their work, so the infection risk from the staff to the residents is low.”   He added that the hotel will be included in the compulsory testing notice.   “We issued a compulsory testing order to test all the staff of this hotel first to see if there are other COVID-19 cases.   “Also, we previously distributed specimen bottles to the hotel to test all residents about 10 days ago and so far no new cases have arisen from the residents. We will closely monitor the situation.”   Dr Au also reported that the Hong Kong International Airport Three-runway System construction site registered one more COVID-19 case, bringing the total number of infections in that cluster to 22. The new case works at construction sites in Lung Kwu Tan and Taikoo Place and is a close contact of a worker at the airport site.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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