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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

16 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 16 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 13 are locally transmitted and three are imported.   Among the local cases, four have unknown sources of infection.   One of the unlinked cases involves a 66-year-old postnatal care helper who last went to work on February 11. She developed sore throat, cough, runny nose and diarrhoea on February 19. She tested positive for the virus after she went to a mobile specimen collection station for testing the next day.   The second case involves a 76-year-old retired man. He developed sore throat and shortness of breath on February 5. He went to a mobile specimen collection station for testing on February 20 and tested positive.   The third case involves a 41-year-old man who developed sore throat, cough, runny nose and headache on February 17. He attended a private practitioner the same day.   His deep throat saliva sample, submitted to a general outpatient clinic the next day, tested positive. He is a computer officer and last attended work on February 11.   The remaining unlinked case involves a 62-year-old retired man who developed runny nose on February 19. He went to a mobile specimen collection station for testing the same day and tested positive.    A total of 233 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, including 192 local cases of which 76 are from unknown sources.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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