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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 virus case in restricted area

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the Tsuen Wan restricted area finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration last night, requiring people living at Block 1, Bo Shek Mansion, 328 Sha Tsui Road to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. As at midnight, around 570 residents were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operation, about 275 people’s test records were checked. One person was found to have not undergone mandatory testing and was issued with a compulsory testing order.   Government staff also visited about 200 households in the restricted area, of which eight did not answer the door. Follow-up measures will be taken.   According to the compulsory testing notice, people who stayed in the building for more than two hours from July 30 to August 22 must undergo compulsory testing by August 24 even if they were not in the restricted area when the declaration took effect.
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