Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying has tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning to the city from Singapore and Cambodia, he said on Thursday.

Leung Chun-ying
Leung Chun-ying. File photo: GovHK.

He revealed during a video speech for the Hong Kong Guangdong Youth Association that he is asymptomatic and is isolating at home, according to Ming Pao.

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Leung said that the risks associated with travelling were often high but had to be taken so he could help create opportunities for Hong Kong abroad.

Commerce chief isolating

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau is also undergoing home quarantine after a family member contracted Covid-19, the government said on Thursday.

Algernon Yau
Algernon Yau. File photo: Great Bay Airlines.

Despite China moving to relax anti-epidemic measures, Hong Kong still enforces a group gathering limit of 12 people in public, makes mask-wearing compulsory, and requires tracing apps for entering certain premises such as restaurants.

As of Thursday, the city had seen 2.18 million cases and 10,864 Covid-19 deaths since the onset of the pandemic, according to the government’s online dashboard.

Last month, current Chief Executive John Lee contracted the disease upon returning from Thailand.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.