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GBA rule of law action plan released

The Action Plan on the Construction of Rule of Law in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been released, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam explained that the action plan has two intentions, namely to underpin the guiding principle of “Three Interfaces, Two Connects & One Greater Bay Area”, and strengthen collaboration with the legal and dispute resolution sectors and other stakeholders to effectively implement policy measures set out in the plan.   Through mechanisms, regulatory frameworks and talent – the “three interfaces” – the DoJ said it will promote hardware and software connectivity in constructing rule of law in the bay area, co-operation between the various cities according to their respective strengths, and collaboration between different legal systems, thereby eventually achieving the goal of “one Greater Bay Area”.   Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also the leading Hong Kong

Mpox strategies necessary: CHP

Hong Kong’s key mpox control strategies are in line with those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and are necessary for safeguarding public health, the Department of Health’s Centre for Health Protection said today.   As of yesterday, a total of 32 mpox cases had been reported to the centre. An upsurge in cases is observed to have started from July, with 24 cases being reported since then.   Currently, confirmed mpox patients are either isolated or cohorted together in public hospitals’ isolation wards until all infectious lesions are treated and the patients become non-infectious. This is to eliminate any chance that confirmed cases may further spread the disease in the community.   In response to suggestions from some quarters that mpox infections pose little in the way of health hazards or transmission risks, and to the inference that the control measures currently in place are disproportionate or unnecessary, the Government said such notions are irresponsible and counterproductive to stopping the spread of mpox in Hong Kong.   It pointed out that the WHO recommends transmission-based precautions for suspected or confirmed mpox cases. These include screening, triage, early recognition, and isolation measures in health facilities. Health authorities in other places have also adopted a containment approach based on the WHO’s recommendations.    As for mpox patients under isolation, the Government stressed that the Hospital Authority provides them with comprehensive and effective treatment, including prescribing antiviral drugs based on their individual clinical needs. Public hospitals will also facilitate psychological assessments and care if necessary.   In general, the authority ensures mpox patients stay in the same room during isolation. The department explained that the sharing of bathroom facilities among patients suffering from the same infectious disease etiology is in accordance with infection control principles.   The Government strongly urged high-risk individuals to receive an mpox vaccination.   It said it will continue to assess the risks and adjust prevention and control measures according to the latest scientific evidence and developments, as well as the latest recommendations from the WHO.

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