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Hong Kong lawmakers photographed with Chinese President Xi test positive for Covid-19

(CNN)Earlier this weekHong Kong lawmakers photographed standing near Chinese President XiJinpingon Sunday He announced that he was positive on the Covid-19 test.

Steve Ho Chun-Yin attended a photo session at a celebration to commemorate the25th anniversaryof the city's delivery from the UK to China, when he attended Thursday. Said that he had done a negative test.

Pro-Beijing, standing one row behind Xi, was shown in a handout of the day.

Ho said on Friday the test was a bit positive and needed to be retested. According to a statement on his official Facebook page, he did not attend the delivery anniversary celebration of the day. He then tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

The fact that someone who came into contact with Xi was tested positive for the virus was to the Hong Kong administration, which spent a lot of time and resources preparing and ensuring the visit. It remains Covid-free, which is considered a blow.

The border between Hong Kong and mainland China remains largely blocked due to the virus.

Prior to his visit, hundreds of Hong Kong officials and legislators were forced into a "closed loop" system to prevent the spread of the virus. They were only allowed to travel between home and work in their own car and were forced to spend the night at the quarantine hotel the night before the anniversary of delivery. They also took daily tests.

Xi, who hasn't traveled outside mainland China since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago, spent Thursday and Friday in Hong Kong. He attended a commemorative event and attended the vow ceremony of John Lee, a leader, former security minister and police officer appointed to Hong Kong's new Beijing.

Concerns about the visit emerged last week, even before the trip was officially confirmed, whenthe top two Hong Kong officialstested positive for Covid-19. I started to do it.
China is isolated in the world in its approach to Covid-19 as critics continue to pursue a zero-tolerance approach that says it is more rooted in political ideology than science. I am.

Xi himself imposes a strict "zero covid" policy on China, and state media has made arrangements for him to "personally direct and make arrangements" for the fight against the pandemic. I often report.

Despite high vaccination rates and a reduction in overall case numbers, the Hong Kong government remains committed to its own "zero-covid" style policy, with strict social distance and contact tracking measures, and Maintains strict border restrictions-includes a mandatory 7-day hotel quarantine for all arrivals.