New approach to target high-risk activities, says Health Secretary

Local | 23 Nov 2020 2:50 pm

Sophia Chan Siu-chee, the Secretary for Food and Health said authorities are working on tightening the clamps on high-risk activities in a bid to stop the spreading of the coronavirus.

Chan said authorities have already up the testing capacity in the city, along with extending the opening hours of the community testing centers, enabling citizens to get tested easier.

“We will set up another five community testing centers in the city in the coming days, breaking the community infections,” said Chan.

There are currently four community testing centers located at Quarry Bay Community Hall in Eastern District, Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre, Lek Yuen Community Hall in Sha Tin and Yuen Long Town East Community Hall.

Mobile kiosks and sample bottle distribution points have also been set up in seven locations in Tsuen Wan, Sai Kung and Tai Po today.

Chan also stressed that the one-off HK$5000 subsidy is intended to help those with financial difficulties once they are infected and have to be quarantined.

“Two experts from our government expert advisory panel have said we should not make the subsidy available to all infected patients but only to the ones who really need it. The Labour and Welfare Bureau will work on the details and will have an update for everyone soon,” Chan added.

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