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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

2 COVID-19 deaths recorded

The Hospital Authority today said two COVID-19 patients have passed away, taking the number of COVID-19 patients who died in public hospitals to 182.   One of the patients, an 82-year-old woman with an underlying disease, tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital for isolation treatment on December 5.   After treatment, the patient tested positive for an antibody and was released from isolation on order by the Department of Health on January 12. She was transferred to Shatin Hospital for treatment the next day.   The patient was transferred back to Prince of Wales Hospital on January 31 due to deterioration of her underlying disease. Her condition continued to deteriorate and she passed away last night.   The other patient, an 87-year-old man with chronic diseases, attended Queen Elizabeth Hospital's accident and emergency department on February 3 due to a cough and shortness of breath.   He then tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the isolation ward for treatment. His condition continued to worsen and he died today.
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