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Balanced approach to curbing virus

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive John Lee today said he has asked the Secretary for Health to review the current anti-epidemic measures, aiming to strike a balance between containing the virus spread and reducing the inconvenience to travellers.   Meeting the media this morning before chairing the first meeting of the new-term Executive Council, Mr Lee said the Secretary for Health is considering how the duration of quarantine should be handled.   “I am giving him time to look at the statistics so that he will formulate some options for me to consider.”   At the same time, the Government will strive to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control and protect those who are more vulnerable to the virus, he noted.   “One of the important measures is to make good use of the polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test so that we can be certain that we will be able to identify those who are infected early, separate

Hospital reports virus case

A patient care assistant at Prince of Wales Hospital has tested preliminary positive for COVID-19, the Hospital Authority announced today.   The assistant works in the Staff Clinic. She developed a fever on January 20 and attended the clinic yesterday.   She was arranged to undergo a deep throat saliva test and her test result came back preliminary positive for the virus. She will be admitted to the Community Treatment Facility.   The assistant wore appropriate personal protective equipment during work and her last day on duty was January 20. No patient was identified as a close contact.   Three staff members she had meals with were identified as close contacts and will be quarantined.   The assistant had also attended staff training at Shatin Hospital on January 19. All training participants had been wearing surgical masks.   As a precautionary measure, virus tests will be arranged for the training participants and those working at the Staff Clinic.   The Staff Clinic was temporarily closed for thorough cleaning and disinfection this morning.
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