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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

Smooth start for app pilot scheme

The Government said that a pilot scheme under which the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app is used at government buildings or offices ran smoothly on its first day and thanked its employees and the public for their co-operation.   It launched the pilot scheme today to remind government employees and the public to use the mobile app at the entrances of government buildings or offices, where temporary service stations are set up to assist people to install the app.   The scheme aims to better assist the Centre for Health Protection in epidemiological investigations and further protect the health and safety of government employees and the public.   The first phase covers the Central Government Offices and the Tai Po Government Offices, while phase two will cover Harbour Building, and the Mong Kok and Tuen Mun Government Offices from February 16.   The Government hopes to further encourage its employees and the public to establish a habit of recording their whereabouts during the fight against the epidemic.   The app's usage will be progressively extended to more government buildings and offices, and the relevant departments have been requested to take forward the preparatory work.   The Government also encouraged people to download the mobile app as soon as possible and use it frequently.
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