Carrie Lam says no further relaxation of anti-epidemic measures at border checkpoints in the near term, COVID-19 under control in HK

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24th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters before attending the Executive Council meeting this morning that the COVID-19 epidemic has been on a steady downward trend since mid-April, and urged the public not to pay too much attention to the daily number of cases. In terms of rapid antigen testing, the numbers will change as schools do not have classes on Saturdays and Sundays. However, it is undeniable that the epidemic began to show a downward trajectory in mid-April, and the Centre for Health Protection also has room to continue case tracking and genome sequencing. At present, the epidemic situation is generally under control, but the government will continue to deal with it prudently.

She also mentioned that there will be no announcement on further relaxation of anti-epidemic measures at border checkpoints in the near future before 30th June.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), she hopes that President Xi Jinping can visit Hong Kong. As for whether he will visit Hong Kong for the 25th anniversary, Lam said that she has no news to announce today, and relevant information will be revealed in due course in the near future. She pointed out that the epidemic may have an impact on whether any leaders of the central government will come to Hong Kong, because immigration control and anti-epidemic work will be affected, so the public should strive to maintain a stable and downward trend of the epidemic.

When asked about the effectiveness of the restructuring plan within the government, Lam said that the issue is for the next government. Even though some of the proposals were put forward by the current government, the Chief Executive-designate, John Lee, was satisfied to see the whole plan and put his personal thoughts into it. The current government acts as an agent to complete the relevant Legislative Council procedures on behalf of the chief executive-designate, so that he can use the structure he thinks is the most ideal to find suitable candidates. However, Lam said that the chief executive-designate has fully accepted the transfer proposed by the current government. If the public wants to get a detailed explanation, she is willing to explain further, but she believes that the current social concern is not on it.

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