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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

Road maintenance briefing held

The Transport Advisory Committee was briefed on road maintenance and streetscape enhancement works and given an update on car parking initiatives by the Government at a meeting today.   The Highways Department has been researching, developing and applying new technologies to enhance the efficiency and safety of road maintenance works as existing roads are beginning to age.   The department has carried out beautification works at bridges and subways with a high pedestrian flow at prominent locations since 2017 by drawing up thematic designs and adding some featured patterns onto the structures to echo the character of the surrounding environment.   Committee Chairman Prof Stephen Cheung said it supports the department to research, develop and apply new technologies in road maintenance works, including using more durable road paving materials and the intelligent robotic system as well as looks forward to more new technologies being put into application.   He added that the committee was pleased to note that the beautification works for highway structures and lamp posts not only enhance the streetscape but also create temporary jobs to alleviate unemployment under the pandemic.   For the provision of parking spaces, the Government's policy is to accord priority to meeting parking demand for commercial vehicles. It is also for the provision of an appropriate number of private car parking spaces if overall development permits, but without attracting public transport passengers to switch to private cars so as to avoid aggravating road traffic.   Prof Cheung said that the committee welcomes the Government’s ongoing endeavours under the current policy to pursue a host of measures to increase the provision of parking spaces and enhance the existing ones, including the revision on the standards of parking provision.   It also agreed that the Transport Department should review the standards at regular intervals to match the social and economic changes, he added.
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