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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

1.92m COVID-19 jabs given

About 1,926,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,154,000 people receiving their first dose and about 772,200 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 502,000 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 652,000 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 364,000 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 408,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 4,200 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,800 people received the jab at community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 1,300 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 4,300 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 2,700 vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,600 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 11,700 people received their first dose at CVCs and about 17,400 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs and that of the BioNTech vaccine are both about 96%.   As of 8pm, about 3,000 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 6,100 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 12 people were sent to hospitals.
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