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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

96k private flats forecast

The projected private flat supply for the next three to four years is 96,000 units, 3,000 more than the previous estimate.   The Transport & Housing Bureau today said there were 12,000 unsold units in completed projects at the end of June.   There were 57,000 units under construction, excluding those pre-sold by developers, and 27,000 units from disposed sites where construction can start any time.   The number of flats under construction in the second quarter was 4,300, while the number of units completed for the period was 6,700.
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