The special working arrangements will be applicable till at least 11 February 2022.
Hong Kong’s Civil Service Bureau announced over the Lunar New Year holiday that all civil servants would work from home until least 11 February 2022, with the exception of staff providing emergency services, essential services, and anti-epidemic workers.
The Hong Kong SAR government reiterated its calls on private employers to do the same and arrange for staff to work from home in order to minimise the flow of people and social contact across the city.
“The Delta and Omicron mutant strains are spreading in the community at the same time, posing unprecedented threat to Hong Kong,” a government spokesperson said in a press release. “The epidemic situation of the fifth wave may be more severe than that of the previous four waves.”
The latest measures are an extension of previous guidelines to implement work from home arrangements on an operational needs' basis.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner for Labour, Jeff Leung, has tested positive for COVID-19, as shared by South China Morning Post.
A statement by the Labour Department cited the infected staff member to have been at the office on Monday, 31 January, and had not attended any meetings or come into contact with the public. The Labour Department has arranged cleaning and disinfection of the premises.
As of writing on 4 February, Hong Kong recorded 142 new cases (21 imported + 121 locally acquired cases) in the past 24 hours. The government expects the number of cases to increase exponentially after the Lunar new year holidays.
Since the start of the pandemic, Hong Kong has recorded 14,584 positive SARS-CoV-2 cases, 213 deaths while 12,880 patients have been discharged.
Over 71% of Hong Kongers have received at least one vaccine dose while just over 64% are fully vaccinated. Almost 13% of the population has taken a booster jab
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