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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 COVID-19 case in restricted area

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the Tuen Mun restricted area finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 case found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration last night, requiring people living at Block 6 of Handsome Court to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. About 300 residents were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operation, around 90 people were checked and 10 were found to have breached the compulsory testing requirement.   Government staff visited about 100 households, of which six did not answer the door. The households concerned should contact the Government as soon as possible to arrange testing.   People who stayed in the building for more than two hours from June 30 to July 22 must undergo compulsory testing by July 24 even if they were not present in the restricted area when the declaration took effect.
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