Hongkong CE John Lee tests positive for COVID-19

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Mr. John Lee

A spokesman for the Chief Executive’s Office said today (November 21) that the Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, has tested positive for COVID-19 through a polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test (PCR test), shortly after returning from a four-day visit in Bangkok, Thailand for the Asia Pacific Economic¬† Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

Lee is undergoing isolation in accordance with the guidelines of the Center for Health Protection of the Department of Health (CHP).

The results of his rapid antigen tests conducted during his four-day visit to Bangkok had been negative.

The government said that during isolation, Mr Lee will work from home, and attend meetings by videoconferencing as needed.

The officers of the Chief Executive’ s Office who accompanied Mr Lee on the visit to Thailand and returned to Hong Kong last night all tested negative for COVID-19 through a PCR test done upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport.

CHP is assessing whether they should be classified as close contacts.

Because of this, they will temporarily work from home until the assessment is completed