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CS hails new electoral system

The fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for some time. To our great relief, the number of local confirmed cases has remained at low levels in recent days. The Government's multi-pronged strategy of continuously enhancing our anti-epidemic measures and preventing the importation of cases has proven effective.   Apart from keeping social distancing measures in place and mounting an extensive promotion of testing, we have specifically strengthened the manpower in contact tracing as this is a particularly crucial measure in cutting the chains of viral transmission.   The Department of Health's Contact Tracing Office has redoubled its efforts in speeding up the process of identifying close contacts. Their sterling efforts in contact tracing in the gym cluster last month have significantly helped in suppressing rebounds within a number of days. This was a remarkable success.   For this, I must thank all those who have helped, including some 200 colleagues seconded f

San Po Kong restricted area set

The Government made a restriction-testing declaration today to require people within the specified restricted area in San Po Kong to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing for COVID-19 from 8.30pm.   The restricted areas include Cambridge Building at 6-24A Kam Wing Street, Tong Seng Mansion at 1-33 Kam Wing Street and 5-7 Yin Hing Street.     After risk assessment, the Government decided to issue a restriction-testing declaration for the restricted area to achieve the goal of zero cases in the district with concerted efforts.   It explained that the risk of infection in the area may be higher as there was a confirmed case recorded in Cambridge Building recently, and subdivided units are common in the two relatively old buildings.   The Government will set up temporary specimen collection stations at the restricted area and request people subject to compulsory testing to get tested before 2am.   They will be arranged to undergo a nucleic acid test at specimen collection stations where staff will collect samples through combined nasal and throat swabs.    The Government will arrange door-to-door specimen collection for people with impaired mobility and seniors.   It aims to finish these exercises by around 7am tomorrow.   Those who have undergone testing from February 21 to 23 and can provide the SMS notification or related certification containing the test results are not required to be tested again. But they have to stay in their premises until all people in the area have been tested and the test results are mostly ascertained.    According to the compulsory testing notice issued today, those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from February 10 to 23, even if they were not present in the restricted areas when the declaration took effect, must undergo compulsory testing by February 25.    The Government has prepared simple food and basic cleaning tools for the residents restricted by the declaration. The Wong Tai Sin District Office has set up a hotline 9617 0211 for these residents to make enquiries and seek assistance. The Social Welfare Department will also assist those affected.

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