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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

HK Games athlete selection set

Athlete selection in 18 districts for the 8th Hong Kong Games will begin from October, the Leisure & Cultural Services Department said today.   The inter-district sports competitions of the games, scheduled for April 24 to May 29 next year, will cover athletics, badminton, basketball, futsal, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.   There will be champion, first runner-up and second runner-up prizes awarded to athletes or teams in each individual competition as well as overall champion, first runner-up, second runner-up and the District with Impressive Progress prizes for winning districts in each sports competition.   The districts accumulating the highest total scores from the eight sports competitions will be awarded the overall champion, overall first runner-up and overall second runner-up prizes of the event.   There are also prizes including the District with the Most Gold Medals, the District with the Greatest Participation, the District with the Best Progress, the District with the Best Sportsmanship and the District with the Strongest Cheering Squad.   For community participation programmes, the Star-studded Classroom - Elite Athletes' Demonstration & Exchange Programmes will be held from late September to mid-October, in which athletes and coaches will take part in demonstration and play-in sessions.   In the Sports Legacy - Exercise to Get Super Fit programme, participants can identify their potential in sports through fitness tests.   The popular Vitality Run will return in March next year.   The 18 Districts' Pledging & Cheering Team Competition and a photo contest will also be held to encourage people to keep active.   Click here for details.
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