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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 ranked freest economy again

The Government today welcomed the Fraser Institute's ranking of Hong Kong as the world's freest economy, saying the decision affirms the city's long-standing and steadfast commitment to building a free economy with a level playing field.   Hong Kong has held the top rank since the inception of the Fraser Institute's report. Among the latest report's five areas of assessment, the city continued to rank first in “Freedom to Trade Internationally” and “Regulation”.   In relation to the institute's unfair comments regarding Hong Kong's rule of law, the enactment of the National Security Law and Mainland intervention in Hong Kong's affairs, the Government stressed that under “one country, two systems”, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's trusted legal system remains as robust as ever.   The rule of law is a fundamental core value of Hong Kong and much cherished by the community. The Government has been fully committed to upholding Hong Kong's fine tradition of the rule of law and judicial independence.   The enactment of the National Security Law is for safeguarding national security, which is the legitimate right and duty of every state.   The National Security Law has clearly stipulated four categories of offences that endanger national security. It clearly sets out the elements of the offences, penalties, mitigation factors and other consequences. There is no question of law-abiding people inadvertently violating the law.   The Government noted it will continue to uphold Hong Kong's institutional strengths, including the rule of law and judicial independence, a free trade and investment regime, a simple and low tax system, a favourable business environment and an efficient and clean government.   “These strengths will continue to provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive and to strengthen their competitiveness, enabling our economy to prosper,” it added.   As Hong Kong enjoys unique advantages and unlimited business opportunities, the Government has every confidence in its long-term economic development.
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