[Introduction]: In last November, Hong Kong residents in the mainland were first arranged to return to Hong Kong for 14 days free of quarantine, because only the two gates of Shanghai Bay port and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge are open now.
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Carrie Lam, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said in a meeting with the media before attending the executive meeting on October 27 that restoring cross-border personnel exchanges is the goal that the SAR government strives, at the beginning of November, Hong Kong residents in the mainland will be first arranged to return to Hong Kong without 14-day quarantine.
Carrie Lam said that from the beginning of November, Hong Kong residents in the mainland will be arranged to return to Hong Kong for 14 days without quarantine. Since only the two gates of Shanghai Bay port and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge are open, there will be quotas at the beginning. She said, I hope this is a good start, and in the future, the personnel of the two places can gradually and orderly make a more smooth round trip.
She mentioned that the control of the epidemic in Hong Kong and Singapore is very similar, and the current goal is to implement the “air travel bubble” between Hong Kong and Singapore in November “. In terms of local epidemic prevention and control, Carrie Lam said that the SAR government had not relaxed and would make the greatest preparations for another possible epidemic.
In terms of testing, the SAR government will set up four long-term community testing centers throughout Hong Kong. These testing centers located in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories East and New Territories West will have dual functions. In addition to necessary testing, they can also provide paid testing services for citizens to apply for health codes after leaving the country.
She mentioned that the SAR government needs to provide a legal basis for compulsory testing, and compulsory virus testing should be “targeted”, generally speaking, it is aimed at people with symptoms or outbreak groups or places or communities with high risk of infection. In addition, the Hong Kong Airport Authority will test rapid virus detection this week and assess whether it can be widely used in inbound passengers in the future.
In terms of quarantine and treatment facilities, Carrie Lam said that all the projects were progressing smoothly. Among them, the temporary hospital near the Yabo pavilion is expected to be completed and delivered to the hospital authority before next January.
According to the official website of the National Health Commission, as of 24:00 on October 27, 5904 confirmed cases were reported to Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Among them, there were 5308 cases in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (5053 discharged and 105 died), 46 cases in Macao Special Administrative Region (46 discharged) and 550 cases in Taiwan (502 discharged and 7 died).