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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

143 air purifiers meet specifications

A total of 143 air purifiers meet specified specifications for dine-in catering premises and the composite list was uploaded to the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department's webpage for reference by catering premises operators and ventilation works contractors, the Government announced today.   The working group on the requirement on air change or air purifiers in dine-in restaurants has completed perusal of the information on air purifiers received before the March 28 deadline.   Information on a number of individual forms was incomplete. The working group's secretariat has approached those submitters through emails and asked them to provide the missing information before 5pm on April 11.   The working group is also handling late submissions and will cease accepting late submissions from 5pm on April 11.   To comply with the requirements on air change or air purifiers in catering premises under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation, catering premises operators are required to register at the department's webpage on or before April 30 that the air change per hour at seating areas of their premises has reached six, or air purifiers that meet the specified specifications have been installed according to the on-the-ground situation, together with a certificate issued by a registered specialist contractor.   Catering premises completing the registration can, upon the department's confirmation, download a notice online for display at the premises' entrance.
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