BREAKING: Hong Kongs John Lee tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from APEC summit in Thailand


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Hong Kong’s John Lee has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Thailand. He is now undergoing quarantine, the government announced early Monday morning.

John Lee arrives at APECChief Executive John Lee arrives at APEC in Thailand on Thursday, November 17, 2022. hoto: APEC 2022 via Flickr.

He returned to the city from a four-day trip to Bangkok on Sunday night and underwent a polymerase chain reaction test at the airport upon his arrival. The test came back positive, the Chief Executive’s Office announced on Monday. Lee’s rapid antigen test (RAT) results were all negative during his time in Thailand, the office added.

Health authorities meanwhile are assessing whether other staff who travelled to Thailand with him are close contacts. They tested negative and will work from home before an evaluation is completed.

Lee has also met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping during his stay in Thailand.

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