Hong Weimin's birthday party, the representative of the Hong Kong People's Congress, broke out during the outbreak. The Secretary for Home Affairs, Xu Yingwei, 4 new members of the Legislative Council and others were listed as close contacts and had to go to Penny's Bay Quarantine Center for compulsory quarantine for 14 days. Xu Yingwei yesterday (17 Japan) completed quarantine, left the isolation camp in a private car, and did not speak to the media.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor met with reporters before attending the guild meeting today (18th). She was expected to be asked about the progress of the investigation into the birthday party scandal, the latest development of the epidemic and whether she would run for the chief executive.
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Mainland national testing must be banned and not acceptable to Hong Kong people
[10:11] A reporter from China Review Agency asked if there are experts’ opinions on whether the authorities will implement nationwide testing.
Lam Cheng responded that everyone should clearly distinguish between different testing modes, pointing out that no expert in Hong Kong has asked for a nationwide test.
She mentioned that according to domestic experience, this kind of nationwide testing is the most effective way to cooperate with the "foot-free order", but this kind of nationwide testing that requires grounding may not be accepted by the public.
She mentioned that with the outbreak of the Omicron variant virus in Hong Kong, the authorities are carrying out large-scale testing in Hong Kong, such as the implementation of "exhaustive testing" in Tuen Mun, and will continue to focus on testing according to this method in the future.
Carrie Lam said that this virus invasion is proving the effectiveness of the relevant methods. He mentioned that most of the confirmed cases of Omicron were found in the quarantine center, which shows that this testing method has effectively reduced the risk of transmission.
[10:06] Lam Cheng pointed out that the fifth round of anti-epidemic funds was announced earlier. The key point is that it will be released sooner and as soon as possible. There are a total of 27 support measures, 16 of which have been announced by relevant bureaus or departments in the past few days. Details, and applications have been accepted. I hope that it can be issued before the Lunar New Year, without waiting for the end of the application period to achieve approval as soon as possible.
Second, Lam Cheng pointed out that if the premises can be reopened or dine-in in the evening market can be reopened on the fourth day of the new year, it will be based on the vaccine bubble.
She is delighted to see that the public has recently become more motivated to get injections, and they have fulfilled the previous assumption almost every day, that is, if about 20,000 people get injections every day, the vaccination rate on February 24 will reach more than 80% and close to 90%.
Compared with half a month ago, the vaccination of the elderly is gradually increasing. More than half of the 70-79-year-olds are 55.39%; 27% are over the age of 80, and 30% are in sight.
Third, she pointed out that the current community epidemic is still at risk, and two groups are worrisome. One is the hotel transmission group, which has strong transmission power, and nearly 9 confirmed cases are related; the other is pets. The store salesperson, because it is infected with the Delta variant virus, is more worried that there may be two variant virus strains spreading in Hong Kong.
Since the case may involve animals, and the same store has more than ten branches throughout Hong Kong, the government has done a lot of work on the relevant situation, and strives to work with the Food and Health Bureau and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department to announce the details of the pet store investigation as soon as possible.
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