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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

Elderly jabs message simplified

The message in the current round of the Outreach Vaccination Arrangement for Residential Care Homes under COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been simplified in a bid to boost the vaccination rate among the elderly.   Secretary for Labour & Welfare Dr Law Chi-kwong made the remarks after attending a radio programme today.   “We started the first round (of the outreach vaccination arrangement) a couple of months ago, but at that time because of the lack of information and difficulty in making decisions, the vaccination rate was a bit too low we must say.   “We have just started another round, providing more information, simpler information, telling people that if they have been receiving the seasonal influenza vaccination, now they can (have a) COVID-19 vaccine. So we hope that the simplified message would help people to make up their mind (about) vaccination.”   Dr Law was also asked to elaborate on his earlier comments that the labour market should improve further.    “Looking at all the indicators, including economic indicators and our labour market situation, such as jobs available, people looking for jobs, etc, the trend is definitely telling us that it is going down, in terms of the unemployment rate. But how fast it will go down is something that we cannot really predict, but the trend is going down.”
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