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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

101 HIV cases reported

A total of 101 additional cases of HIV infection were reported in the first quarter of the year, the Centre for Health Protection announced today.   Of the new cases, 87 were males and 14 were females, bringing the total number of reported HIV infections to 10,886 since 1984.   Fifty people acquired the virus through homosexual or bisexual contact, while 22 cases acquired the infection by heterosexual contact.   The routes of transmission for 29 cases have yet to be determined.   The centre said sex remains the major mode of HIV transmission and people should use condoms consistently and properly to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.   There were 24 new cases of AIDS reported in the quarter, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,254 since 1985.
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