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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

Airport to roll out antibody testing

The Government today announced that the self-paid serology antibody testing service for eligible arrivals will be rolled out at the Hong Kong International Airport from August 18.   The antibody testing service is provided by private testing institutions.   The test result will be available in about two days, if it is positive, the Department of Health will contact the relevant persons through their designated quarantine hotels to shorten their compulsory quarantine period to seven days.   The cost of the remaining seven nights of room reservation can be refunded.   For people who have stayed in medium-risk groups of places on the day of arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day, if they are fully vaccinated, have obtained a negative nucleic acid test result upon arrival at Hong Kong and possess a positive result proof of a recognised serology antibody test, their compulsory quarantine period in designated quarantine hotels can be adjusted to seven days, followed by a seven-day self-monitoring period.   They have to undergo two nucleic acid tests during the seven-day compulsory quarantine period, and undergo compulsory testing on the ninth, 12th, 16th and 19th days of arrival at Hong Kong.   The Government reminded people who choose to undergo self-paid serology antibody testing at the airport they will still be required to present at boarding the confirmation of a room reservation of no less than 14 nights in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong, or they will not be allowed to board flights for Hong Kong.   The Government announced earlier it will re-categorise overseas places into high-risk, medium-risk and low-risk groups, and implement boarding, quarantine and testing requirements based on the risk levels under the vaccine bubble concept and risk-based principle from August 9.
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