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Carrie Lam: Consider shortening the quarantine period for arrivals from low-risk areas on the basis of the "vaccine bubble"

2021-04-27T19:03:17.471Z

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor today (26) issued a monthly anti-epidemic report, stating that the overall epidemic in Hong Kong is stable, local cases continue to be at a very low level, and the fourth wave of the epidemic has been clearly under control. She pointed out that given that the epidemic is under control, it is also appropriate



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Written by: Lin Jian

2021-04-26 15:10

The last update date: 2021-04-26 15:11

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor today (26) issued a monthly anti-epidemic report, stating that the overall epidemic in Hong Kong is stable, local cases continue to be at a very low level, and the fourth wave of the epidemic has been clearly under control.

She pointed out that given that the epidemic is under control and it is appropriate to take a new direction for the fight against the epidemic, the government will adjust social distancing measures on the basis of the "vaccine bubble" and consider shortening the compulsory quarantine period for people arriving in Hong Kong from low-risk areas.

Refers to the government's original concern that the current cluster of cases will not show up after Easter

Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that as of April 25, the total number of confirmed cases in April was 269, and more than 80% were imported cases. The number of local cases remained at a low single-digit level, and there were no local cases for four days, indicating that the epidemic was under control .

The government was worried that the long Easter holiday would cause a large-scale group of cases due to more social activities among the public, but it did not appear in the end.

However, she pointed out that the first confirmed case involving the N501Y variant virus strain was found in the community in mid-April, which caused the government to be very nervous. Spread, but will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Lin Zheng mentioned that she proposed a new way to fight the epidemic in the middle of this month. The goal is to restore the normal operation of society and the daily life of citizens as much as possible under the premise of effective management and control of the epidemic. Rely on the efforts of citizens.

In general, the new direction of anti-epidemic will use 4 "R" as the criterion: to gradually and orderly return to normality (Return to Normality); to avoid "one size fits all" suspension of activities as the guiding principle (Refrain from "stop and go" "Approach); Reinforce infection control measures in a targeted manner; Reinforce infection control measures in a targeted manner; Reiterate the need for concerted community efforts.

Specifically, Lam Cheng stated that the government will adjust social distancing measures based on the "vaccine bubble". For example, when employees or customers of specified premises have been vaccinated, business restrictions will be relaxed in conjunction with other epidemic prevention requirements.

The convenience brought by vaccination can also be applied to cross-border travel. For example, for people arriving in Hong Kong from low-risk areas, the compulsory quarantine period can be shortened.

The relevant proposal not only considers the protective effect of vaccines, but also hopes to provide incentives for vaccination, encourage more citizens to vaccinate, and build an immune barrier for Hong Kong as soon as possible.

Lam Cheng pointed out that he would like to express his sincere gratitude to the representatives of various industries for the active consultation with relevant departments in the past two weeks and put forward constructive and feasible implementation measures. The government will announce the details later.

She called on the public to stop hesitating and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

▼Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced on April 12 new anti-epidemic measures▼

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