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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 virus case explained

The Hospital Authority today said a United Christian Hospital nurse needs to undergo quarantine as she did not wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) while assisting in collecting a COVID-19 patient's specimen.   The authority noted that a 27-year-old man was admitted to the hospital's accident and emergency department (AED) yesterday due to a fever. He was arranged to undergo an admission screening COVID-19 test and the result was positive.   The patient was transferred to the isolation ward and his condition is stable.   The hospital's infection control team conducted contact tracing and no patient was identified as a close contact.   A nurse who did not put on full PPE while assisting in nasopharyngeal swab specimen collection for the patient for a short period was classified as a close contact and will be put under quarantine.   The authority reminded all healthcare workers to wear full PPE when performing high-risk medical procedures.   It has also arranged thorough cleaning and disinfection for the hospital's AED areas.
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