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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's advisory body convenes

The Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation & Strategic Development held its 12th meeting today during which members provided their views and suggestions on the 2021 Policy Address.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam said with the implementation of the National Security Law and improvements to the electoral system, stability had been restored and the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature improved. Consequently, there were rising expectations for more effective governance and a greater resolve to address some long standing problems in Hong Kong society.   Members shared Mrs Lam’s view that the Government should demonstrate in the coming Policy Address, albeit this being the last one in the current-term Government, determination in resolving “bottlenecks” in land and housing supply, nurturing talent, offering diversified career opportunities for young people, providing affordable medical care, and building a more charming and liveable Hong Kong.   They opined that the 2021 Policy Address should be forward-looking and visionary, setting eyes on the future to instil hope and confidence.   Mrs Lam noted that the Government will assure the local and international community that Hong Kong’s fundamental strengths have not changed, with the rule of law as robust as ever.   She pointed out that Hong Kong has a bright future under “one country, two systems” and will emerge stronger by leveraging its traditional strengths and seizing opportunities arising from the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Greater Bay Area development and the Belt & Road Initiative.   Members congratulated Hong Kong athletes for their excellent performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games and appreciated the Government’s move to purchase the broadcasting rights for free use by all television stations which had helped create social cohesion in society.   They were also briefed on the city’s latest state of play in innovation and technology (I&T) and the strategies in developing an international I&T hub with the central government’s support under the 14th Five-Year Plan.
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