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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

No virus case in restricted area

The Government today completed the compulsory testing and enforcement operation in the Tin Shui Wai restricted area with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration at 8pm yesterday, requiring people in Shing Yu House, Block P, Tin Shing Court to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. About 850 residents were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operation, more than 330 people were checked and no one was found to have breached the compulsory testing requirement.   Government staff also visited about 320 households, of which 20 did not answer the door. They should contact the Government as soon as possible to arrange testing.   People who stayed in the building for more than two hours from May 15 to June 4 must get testing by June 6 even if they were not at the building when the declaration took effect.
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