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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

New quarantine hotel list issued

A total of 31 hotels will provide about 8,500 rooms under the fourth cycle of the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme, the Government announced today.   It issued letters to about 2,000 hotels with valid hotel or guesthouse licences on May 4 to invite applications for enlisting as designated quarantine hotels in the fourth cycle and 48 hotels applied.   Upon assessment, 31 hotels, including 30 in the third cycle, were shortlisted to provide about 8,500 rooms of various types and rates for selection by people arriving in Hong Kong from places outside China.   The contract period is from June 20 to August 31.   The Government continues to provide more hotels offering lower room rates in this new cycle after considering the market demand. The number of hotels offering room rates at $500 or below will increase from 13 to 17.   The first and second cycles of the scheme each involving 36 hotels ended on February 19 and April 20. There are 30 hotels in the third cycle, which will end on June 19.
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