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Subcontractor Staff Identified as Close Contacts of COVID-19 Patients

2021/01/09

(HONG KONG, 9 January 2021, 2030hrs)  –  Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) was notified that staff from a subcontractor of the Three-runway System (3RS) project are identified as close contacts of a worker who have contracted COVID-19 at the same work site. The concerned staff will undergo quarantine arranged by the Government.

A subcontractor worker of the 3RS contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation – Bachy Soletanche Group Limited – LT Sambo Co., Ltd. was preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 on 7 January, and has been changed to a confirmed case today. 13 other workers from relevant work site, who had been in contact with the concerned worker, have been identified as close contacts. They left the work site on 7 January to undergo COVID-19 test and wait for result at home. All other relevant workers have been arranged to take COVID-19 test on 7 January and undergo another test today.

The AA has stringent guidelines for contractors, subcontractors and airport service providers to ensure public health and safety of staff and airport users. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, preventive measures have been stepped up at construction work sites. Workers are required to undergo temperature check before entering relevant sites. The AA requires contractors to regularly check their work areas to ensure that workers comply with the requirements of wearing masks and keeping physical distance at work and on transportation to work. The AA also has clear guidelines on good ventilation at site offices, and no gathering during lunch on the work sites. Contractors have deployed staff on site to ensure workers comply with relevant requirements and arranged staggered lunch hours for the workers.

The AA will continue to facilitate Government’s prevention and control measures, including contact tracing, distributing test kits to workers for voluntary COVID-19 test.

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