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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

Anti-epidemic session a milestone

The latest Mainland-Hong Kong meeting on anti-epidemic work is an important milestone and the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the two places, once implemented, will proceed gradually.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the remarks today when asked by reporters about the second meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong held in Shenzhen yesterday.   The meeting took place after the Mainland epidemic prevention and control expert delegation concluded their four-day visit of Hong Kong to inspect the city’s anti-epidemic efforts.   Mrs Lam said: “I am very pleased that following the second meeting held between the Hong Kong delegation and the Mainland delegation yesterday in Shenzhen, we can now confirm that, according to the Mainland experts, Hong Kong now possesses the conditions for resuming travel.”   “The resumption will have to take place in a gradual and orderly manner. So I would say that the Shenzhen meeting has reached an important milestone.”   In addition to stressing that the meeting in Shenzhen was highly productive and constructive, the Chief Executive explained that the next task ahead is to make the necessary arrangements to resume quarantine-free travel between both places.   “The next step is for us to do the preparatory work for the travel to resume. Basically there are at least these two important aspects.   “One is the health code - how we could provide the health code to the people who voluntarily want to use this health code to gain entry in the Mainland of China.   “It is a technical issue and we are quite ready. The Innovation & Technology Bureau should be able to announce the details next week.   “The second preparatory work is, of course, addressing issues that concern when the cross-boundary travel is going to resume, such as the exact arrangements in terms of the numbers on a daily basis, the conditions that each and every Hong Kong person has to meet in order to go into the Mainland without being subject to the 14-day quarantine and which particular boundary control points we will use in order to allow this sort of travel.”   Mrs Lam added that such preparatory work will be conducted as expeditiously as possible so that the Government can announce an exact date for the resumption of travel.
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