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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

CE visits Polytechnic University

Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited Polytechnic University today to learn about its scientific research and meet the senior management to understand the university’s latest developments.   She toured the Precision Robotics Laboratory of the Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations and the University Research Facility in Materials Characterization & Device Fabrication, where she was briefed on the university’s research and applications in aerospace technology and advanced materials.   The university and the China Academy of Space Technology jointly manufactured various advanced space instruments that were adopted in the nation’s lunar and Mars exploration missions.   “The university’s cross-discipline scientific research team has distinguished deep space exploration capability and possesses practical experience in international space missions, contributing to the nation’s aerospace development with encouraging achievements,” she noted.   Mrs Lam then visited the Clean Room which supports the development of products like COVID-19 antibody biosensors, health monitoring devices, soft robotics, on-skin electronics and neuromorphic vision sensors using microfabrication tools for advanced device innovation.   With Hong Kong’s innovative and technological capabilities fully recognised by the central authorities in recent years, Mrs Lam hoped the university will continue to pursue excellence and encourage more young people to join in research and development field.   She also anticipated that coupling with the massive resources allocated by the Government, the university will play a role in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area’s development as an international innovation and technology hub and make more contributions to the nation’s space projects.
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