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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

Pupils' health hubs to resume service

The Department of Health today announced that from September 1, three of its student health service centres (SHSCs) will resume providing annual health assessments for Primary 1, Primary 2 and Secondary 1 students in the 2020-21 school year.   Such centres include Shek Wu Hui SHSC, Tai Po SHSC and Tsz Wan Shan Wu York Yu SHSC.   Additionally, services are provided at Chai Wan SHSC, Kowloon Bay SHSC, Kowloon City Lions Clubs SHSC, Lam Tin SHSC, Sha Tin SHSC, South Kwai Chung SHSC, Tuen Mun SHSC and Western SHSC. Parents will be notified of the specific health assessment arrangements.   The department stressed that it will continue to implement stringent infection control measures at the service units.   All clients with appointments and visitors must wear surgical masks and have their body temperature checked, it added.
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