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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

2 imported COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional imported COVID-19 cases involving a woman and a man who arrived from the Philippines and South Korea.   One of the imported cases is a 56-year-old man who arrived from South Korea. He lives at Amber Garden, 110 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley.   The patient tested negative in Hong Kong on August 16 and travelled to the US on August 18.   He returned to Hong Kong on September 7 by flight KE607 and his specimen collected upon arrival at the airport tested positive with the L452R mutant strain but not the N501Y or E484K mutant genes.   The patient works at Room 602, 6/F, Tesbury Centre, 28 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai and he last went to work on August 17.   The buildings where he resided and worked in Hong Kong during the incubation period are included in a compulsory testing notice.   The centre also reminded specified people linked to Block 1, Bo Shek Mansion, 328 Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan to undergo compulsory testing tomorrow in accordance with the compulsory testing notice.   A total of 62 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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