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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

Tsuen Wan restricted area set

The Government tonight made a restriction-testing declaration for Block 1, Bo Shek Mansion, 328 Sha Tsui Road in Tsuen Wan due to an imported COVID-19 case involving the L452R mutant strain.   The Centre for Health Protection said the 56-year-old patient travelled to Dubai on August 15 and returned to Hong Kong on August 18 by flight EK384. His pre-departure test conducted on August 14 and specimen collected in the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at the airport upon return were negative for the virus.   The sample collected on August 20 at a designated quarantine hotel tested positive. The test result by the Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch revealed that the patient carried the L452R mutant strain. He was asymptomatic.   Investigations found that he received two doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccination in Hong Kong on March 20 and May 1, while his blood specimen tested positive for anti-spike protein antibody on July 12.   As the patient has stayed in Hong Kong during the past 21 days, the Government decided as a prudent measure to make a restriction-testing declaration for Block 1, Bo Shek Mansion in Tsuen Wan where he lived.   The declaration took effect from 7pm and aims to be finished by about 7am tomorrow. People in the area subject to compulsory testing will need to be tested by midnight.   Those who have undergone testing from August 20 to 22 and can provide testing proof are not required to take the test again, but all residents in the building will need to be tested on the third, seventh, 12th and 19th day counting from the day the case is announced.   Moreover, the places the patient had visited during the incubation period will be included in a compulsory testing notice. Those who had been present at the relevant venues at specified periods need to undergo compulsory testing on or before the specified date.
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