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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

Construction Safety Week starts

Secretary for Development Michael Wong today opened Construction Safety Week 2021 which will run until August 6.   Themed Safety x Smart Site, the event features a conference, visits to construction sites with exemplary safety performance, and the Considerate Contractors Site Award Scheme award presentation ceremony.   Addressing the launch ceremony, Mr Wong said innovation and technology is an important driving force for the construction industry’s development, and the Government has been actively promoting its application. He appealed to the industry to fully utilise the benefits of innovation and technology to raise construction safety, with a view to creating a safer and healthier working environment.   The ceremony was followed by the Construction Safety Week Conference, where local experts discussed emerging technologies, application of smart safety devices, and good practice for site safety improvement, attracting over 2,500 Hong Kong as well as overseas practitioners who participated at the venue or online.   A mini exhibition showcasing smart safety devices was also held at the venue.   Construction Safety Week is jointly organised by the Development Bureau and the Construction Industry Council.
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