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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

Vaccine booking system enhanced

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit today said the Government has prepared sufficient vaccinations for all citizens and urged people to be patient about the waiting time when using the online vaccination booking system.   Mr Sit made the remarks after attending a radio programme this morning and explained to reporters that it is understandable that people would like to have the vaccination as soon as possible.   “For tomorrow, we have already enhanced our system to increase the handling capacity, but I would expect there would still be some possibility that there will be some waiting time.”   Mr Sit noted that the bureau is also working on technical enhancements for the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app.   “We are exploring with the University of Hong Kong and other universities like the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, to provide some sort of system so that we can have automatic scanning, and we need not stop and scan the QR codes.   "When you pass by the QR codes with the new device provided, they can then automatically log some sort of information to your phones to record your travelling history.”   He added that the bureau will provide all sorts of technical support to colleagues in relevant departments if expanding the coverage of the LeaveHomeSafe app is necessary when taking public transportation.   “As regards the coverage of the transportation system, we are going to promote it. It depends very much on the Centre for Health Protection to see whether it is necessary to have that coverage.”
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