HK to reopen borders with Mainland and Macau if new COVID-19 cases continue to stabilise

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13th February 2021 – (Hong Kong) Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung said on a radio program this morning (13th) that the epidemic has eased recently, and some listed premises can also be reopened, reminding the public not to relax and reduce gatherings in the next few days. He pointed out that if the epidemic is brought under control again and the number of new COVID-19 cases will fall to daily stable numbers, Hong Kong will have the conditions to reopen the borders with the Mainland and Macau to restart the economy, emphasising that the government will continue to adjust the epidemic prevention strategy.

Cheung pointed out that after relaxing the measures, he understood that some citizens will be unwilling to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” app. He reiterated that the authorities would fully protect the privacy of the citizens. The information in the app would disappear within 30 days and the government would not be able to access it. As of yesterday (12th) 640,000 people have downloaded the app.

Many groups and listed premises personnel need to be tested regularly. He pointed out that the government’s testing capabilities are continuously improving and he believes that it can cope with the sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 tests. In terms of epidemic prevention, Cheung said that he will continue to increase the number of disciplined forces in the case tracking command centre, and the ratio of tracing confirmed cases and close contacts will reach 1:5.

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