Li Jiachao announced that the quarantine order will be revoked from January 30. He pointed out that the local vaccine barrier is strong, and the medical system can improve the prevention and control and "the epidemic situation has been declining" after customs clearance. Therefore, the handling of the epidemic situation should be "compulsory across the board" by the government. Changed to "Citizens make their own decisions and are responsible for themselves."
The Medical and Health Bureau will hold a press conference in the afternoon to explain the details.
When Li Jiachao attended the Chief Executive's Question and Answer Meeting of the Legislative Council today, he announced the lifting of the isolation order.
He explained that the government has several main considerations, including that the vaccination rates of the second and third doses of the vaccine have reached 93% and 84% respectively, and since the fifth wave, many citizens have developed immunity due to infection, which is equivalent to the vaccination rate of the third dose. The effective vaccination rate has reached 95%, and the mixed immune barrier of the society is already very strong. Even if the citizens who have completed the vaccination are infected, most of them have mild symptoms; "The risk of the virus to local public health has clearly changed and has been significantly reduced."
Li Jiachao: From the government's one-size-fits-all approach to the citizen's own responsibility
Li Jiachao pointed out that since the customs clearance between Hong Kong and the mainland for more than ten days, the risk of the epidemic has not increased. Nearly 90%.
Moreover, the society and citizens’ awareness and ability to deal with the virus have been greatly improved. “The government’s management of the new crown virus needs to move towards a new stage and a new model. Since most of the illnesses are mild, the handling of the epidemic should be “government’s one-size-fits-all coercion.” Change it to "citizens make their own decisions and be responsible for themselves", gradually establish a new normal system, and use COVID-19 as one of the management of upper respiratory diseases."
The government’s management of the new crown virus needs to move towards a new stage and a new model. Since most of the illnesses are mild, the handling of the epidemic should be enforced by the government across the board, and replaced by citizens’ own decisions and responsibilities. Management of viral diseases as one of the upper respiratory diseases.
He said that taking this important step is based on science and risk. "It is a necessary stage for foreign countries to return to normal, and it is also a necessary stage for Hong Kong to return to normal. Hong Kong has also reached this stage."
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