Po Lin Monastery and Lantau Big Buddha will be closed for two days until Tuesday after a visitor tested positive for Covid-19.

Venues will be cleaned and disinfected, and all monks and staff will undergo PCR tests, it was announced on Monday.

Another temple, the Yuen Yuen Institute in Tsuen Wan, will close for three days until Wednesday to mitigate the risk of community transmission.

Separately, five people from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have tested positive for Covid-19, two of whom are university health service staff. Their last days on campus were between January 28 and 29.

The university has disinfected and cleaned all facilities and ordered affected students and staff to get tested. Those who have traveled to areas where patients have spent long periods have also been encouraged to get tested and notify the university if test results come back positive.

As for banks, Hang Seng Bank said a Kau Yuk Road branch employee, Yuen Long, had previously tested positive for Covid-19. As such, the Kau Yuk Road branch will be temporarily closed until further notice.

The employee will undergo further testing, while testing has been arranged for all staff at the Kau Yuk Road branch. They will self-isolate at home pending test results. The bank has also made arrangements for the premises to be cleaned and disinfected.

The infected employee had a normal body temperature before starting work on her last day of work, February 5. She mainly focused on back-office tasks, which meant she didn’t come into contact with clients.

All employees at the Kau Yuk Road branch, including the patient, wore masks while working, in accordance with the bank’s health regulations.

OCBC Wing Hang Bank also announced the temporary closure of its Sham Shui Po, To Kwa Wan and Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society branches, as well as the Tsim Sha Tsui Premier Banking Centre. These branches will remain closed until further notice.

OCBC’s Kwai Chung branch will remain closed.


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