Hong Kong MP photographed with Chinese President Xi tests positive for Covid-19

Steve Ho Chun-Yin said he tested negative on Thursday when he attended a photo shoot during the US Independence Day celebration. 25 years about the transfer of the city from Great Britain to China.

The pro-Beijing MP was in the same row behind Xi, as seen in the handout photos of the day.

Ho said he tested moderately positive on Friday and had to retest. According to a statement on his official Facebook page, he did not attend any of the anniversary events that day. He then tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

The fact that someone who came into contact with Xi tested positive for the virus would be seen as a blow to the Hong Kong administration, which spent a lot of time and resources preparing for the visit and trying to ensure it remained Covid-free.

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

On the eve of his visit, hundreds of Hong Kong officials and lawmakers were forced to introduce a “closed system” to prevent the spread of the virus. They were only allowed to travel between home and work by private vehicle and were forced to spend the night in a quarantine hotel on the eve of the anniversary of the transfer. They were also subjected to daily testing.

Xi, who has not traveled outside mainland China since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago, spent Thursday and Friday in Hong Kong. He attended commemorative events and the swearing-in ceremony for Hong Kong’s new Beijing-appointed leader, former security chief and police officer John Lee.

Concerns about the visit began to surface last week, even before the trip was officially confirmed, when two senior Hong Kong officials positive for Covid-19.
China is isolated to the world in its approach to Covid-19 as it continues to pursue a zero-tolerance approach that critics say is more rooted in political ideology than science.

Xi himself has imposed a strict “zero covid” policy on China, with state media often reporting that he “personally commanded and took action” to fight the country against the pandemic.

Despite high vaccination rates and a decline in overall cases, the Hong Kong government remains committed to its own zero-covid-style policy, maintaining strict social distancing and contact tracing measures, as well as tight border restrictions, including mandatory seven-day hotel stays. quarantine for all arrivals.

Jessie Yeung and Kathleen Magramo of CNN contributed to the story.