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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

April exports value up 24.4%

The value of Hong Kong's total goods exports increased to $384.9 billion in April, up 24.4% on the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods increased 25.2% to $416.7 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $31.8 billion, or 7.6% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending April with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of exports rose 14.5%, while that of imports increased 8.6%.   The value of total merchandise trade for the first four months of the year was way higher than the previous high recorded in the same period in 2018, reflecting vibrant trading activities amid a sharp rebound in external demand, the Government said.   Looking ahead, the sustained revival of the global economy should continue to render support to Hong Kong's export performance in the near term.   However, the evolving pandemic situation and other risk factors such as China-US relations and geopolitical tensions still warrant attention, it added.
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