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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

CE meets research assessors

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today met the Research Group, the Research Assessment Exercise Group and the panels under the University Grants Committee (UGC) to discuss their experiences in completing the Research Assessment Exercise 2020.   The meeting was conducted via video conferencing in which Mrs Lam also briefed them on Hong Kong's latest developments in advancing basic scientific research with the support of the country.   The Research Assessment Exercise 2020 came amid the severe COVID-19 epidemic. Noting that the assessments were conducted in strict accordance with international standards, Mrs Lam said she was encouraged by the outstanding performance of the eight UGC-funded universities in the exercise, which is testimony to the international recognition of Hong Kong's research quality.   Research projects completed between October 2013 and September 2019 by the eight universities could participate in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 regardless of their source of funding.   Assessments were conducted by 361 distinguished international scholars and research end users from various academic fields, of which about 70% were non-local scholars from around the world.   About 16,000 items of research output, 340 research impact case studies and 190 research environment submissions in 13 areas across 41 disciplines were assessed. Among the research projects assessed, 25% were judged to be world leading and a further 45% were judged to be internationally excellent.   The Chief Executive introduced to the participants of the assessment exercise the latest developments of basic scientific research in Hong Kong.   Mrs Lam said that the capability of Hong Kong in innovation and technology (I&T) has been fully recognised by the central authorities with clear support for Hong Kong to develop as an international I&T hub in the National 14th Five-Year Plan.   While noting that Hong Kong has faced unprecedented challenges in the past two years, she said the city's development has been put back on the right track with the support of the central government and added that academic freedom and institutional autonomy are more robust than before.
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