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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

Anti-hypertension advice issued

In support of World Hypertension Day on May 17, the Department of Health encouraged people to be aware of and monitor their blood pressure regularly to fight against hypertension and other non-communicable diseases.   According to the World Health Organization, one in four men and one in five women worldwide have hypertension.   The department's Population Health Survey 2014-15 revealed that the prevalence of hypertension for Hong Kong people aged between 15 and 84 was 27.7%.   About half of them were unaware of their own condition but were found to have high blood pressure during the survey.   Hypertension is a prominent risk factor for severe COVID-19-related illness and death, the department emphasised.   There are reports showing that COVID-19 patients with hypertension were more likely to become seriously ill or die from the disease compared with those without hypertension.   Unless with contraindications, individuals with hypertension under stable control are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccination for protection against the virus.   The department noted that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.   People are advised to choose food low in salt, sugar and fat, and consume at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables a day.   Healthy adults should consume less than two grams of sodium per day and engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activities or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activities every week.   The department also reminded those with hypertension to take medication as directed by a doctor and have regular medical follow-ups.
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