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Home Affairs chief to be quarantined after close contact with Covid-19 patient

07 January 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap 

CE Lam says she is disappointed with her officials who attended the banquet

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said in an unscheduled press briefing Thursday that Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui will be sent to Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre after being identified as a close contact of a guest at a banquet who has tested preliminary positive for Covid-19.

A stern-looking Mrs Lam also revealed that at least 10 of her senior officials had joined Tsui at the event where about 100 people were present.

Among the other officials she mentioned were financial services chief Christopher Hui, police commissioner Raymond Siu, ICAC head Simon Peh and Director of Immigration Au Ka-wang.


The Development Bureau confirmed later on Thursday night that its political assistant, Allen Fung, was also identified as a close contact and will be sent to the quarantine centre.

The CE said she was “highly disappointed” that so many officials had attended a large-scale gathering amid the pandemic.

"I am in particular disappointed with the home affairs secretary, Caspar Tsui," she said.


"Principal officials or other senior officials of the SAR government have to perform their respective duties in observing the rules promulgated by the Food and Health Bureau, and also watch out their own behaviour," she said.

"They should not be engaged in activities which will carry risks and create more work for the CHP (Centre for Health Protection) and make things more complicated.”

She added the Civil Service Bureau was contacting other civil servants to see if they had been to the event.

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After her statement Tsui and Fung both apologized over the incident in separate statements on social media, and said they were taking full responsibility.

The event was hosted by NPC delegate Witman Hung (RTHK File)

The host of the banquet, Witman Hung a local delegate to the National People’s Congress, also said sorry through a Facebook post, adding his guests were all vaccinated and had used the LeaveHomeSafe app.

Hung said the guest who tested preliminary positive didn't eat at the event, and she was there between 9.30pm and 10.15pm when most guests had already left.

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Reports said the party which was held at a restaurant in Wanchai, was held to celebrate Hung’s birthday.

In response to a question on why she was disappointed with her officials who had attended the event, she pointed out that the occasion was held in the evening of Jan 3, days after she had warned people about the possible spread of the Omicron variant in the community.


“And very specifically, the Secretary for Food and Health held a press conference on New Year's Eve, December 31, after a meeting I chaired. She came out to explain the situation that we were in, and she said that she wanted to give four pieces of advice to the people of Hong Kong,” she said.

“One of the pieces of advice is to avoid mass gatherings, and also to avoid taking off your mask and avoid taking photos without mask on when you were on such an occasion. My colleagues, apparently, have not taken the advice of the Secretary for Food and Health, how could they set a good example for the people of Hong Kong?”


However, she said a distinction should be drawn between those who spent the whole night at the event and thus put themselves in a highly risky situation that require them to be quarantined, and those who just dropped by to say hello and greet the host.

The CE said officials who were at the function would be asked to show proof that they had left the venue before 9:30pm so they would not be deemed as possible close contacts of the infected guest.

She mentioned entries in the LeaveHomeSafe app and testimonies from the officials’ chauffeurs as possible proof of the time of their stay at the venue, which other reports said was a restaurant in Wanchai.

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