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March
The Hong Kong Central Library to suspend services for one day

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A spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced yesterday (March 26) that an Assistant Librarian of the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) was confirmed to have contracted atypical pneumonia. The staff member is now under treatment at the United Christian Hospital.

At the advice of the Department of Health, the Library has since suspended its services from 7:20 pm yesterday until March 28 to conduct thorough cleansing and disinfection measures for the whole library building.

"The staff who works in the User Education Hall on the Ground Floor of the Library felt sick yesterday morning and was admitted to the hospital for treatment at 5:00 am. She assisted a reader to make reservation for using the library facilities at the Hall on the morning of March 25. We are urging that reader to contact the Department of Health direct on 2961 8968," the spokesman said.

In view of the development on the confirmed cases of atypical pneumonia, public notices have been placed at all public libraries prominently to request readers with upper respiratory infection symptoms to wear face masks inside the libraries or to refrain from using library facilities.

The spokesman added that the air-conditioning system and cleansing procedures of the Hong Kong Central Library are in full compliance with the standards issued by the Department of Health. Since last weekend the LCSD has been implementing a series of reinforced measures which include increasing the fresh air supply and air flow; conducting thorough inspection of all air filters and air handling units of the air-conditioning systems and stepping up the cleansing of all the public areas under its management.

All LCSD frontline staff have also been provided with sufficient face masks and gloves while on duty.

For enquiries, members of the public can contact the Department of Health's hotline on 2961 8968.

End/Thrusday, March 27, 2003

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