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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

Jabs can replace routine testing

(To watch the full media briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   People working in places that require COVID-19 testing every two weeks will no longer need to be tested 14 days after they receive two doses of vaccine.   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan explained to reporters this afternoon that this applies to teachers and staff at schools and construction workers.   She said: “With enough supply of vaccine doses in Hong Kong, with the consolidation of all the work that we have done so far and also with risk assessment, we have come to terms that if people have been vaccinated with two doses and after 14 days, then this can replace the regular 14-day testing for those working in scheduled premises under Hong Kong Laws Cap 599F.   “We have also communicated with the Education Bureau and the Development Bureau. Therefore for teachers, if they have been vaccinated with two doses and after 14 days, then this can also replace their current testing arrangement and the same goes for construction workers.”
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