Hong Kong government strengthens anti-pandemic command structure

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July 29, 2022

HONG KONG – The government of the Hong Kong special administrative region on Thursday announced improvements to the command structure in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The improvements were announced after chief executive John Lee Ka-chiu chaired meetings on two consecutive days to strengthen the city’s anti-pandemic system, according to a statement from the Hong Kong SAR government.

The improvements were announced after Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu chaired meetings on two consecutive days to bolster the city’s anti-pandemic system.

“We are also reviewing the quarantine period for people arriving in Hong Kong via the airport, exploring the use of technology and more precise methods to reduce restrictions during the period,” Lee said in the statement.

Hong Kong reported 4,886 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday while five more patients died.

The government said a command and coordination group, overseen by Lee, has been established to deal with the evolving pandemic situation and effectively coordinate anti-COVID efforts to ensure that different departments and offices can react quickly.

It will also set up 13 working groups or solution teams, led by a senior official or department head, to formulate specific measures and plans, and liaise with different offices and departments to jointly solve problems.

“The improved anti-epidemic command structure will strengthen and speed up the decision-making process, enabling more effective commands to ensure the accurate implementation of anti-epidemic measures and improve the coordination of anti-epidemic efforts between different offices and departments,” Lee said.

He noted that the HKSAR government has already implemented various science-based anti-pandemic improvements, including suspending the route-specific flight suspension mechanism, increasing the number of nucleic acid tests for those entering, the requirement for people self-isolating at home to put on electronic bracelets to ensure compliance with isolation orders and launching the online booking system for special nucleic acid tests developed control of Shenzhen Bay.

LeaveHomeSafe app

Meanwhile, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer said the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app strictly adheres to government information security and privacy requirements and standards.

He made the statement in response to a report submitted by a foreign cybersecurity firm claiming the app had security flaws.

Expressing deep regret and strong opposition to the inaccurate report and unfair accusation, the office stressed that privacy protection has always been the primary goal in the design, development and use of the LeaveHomeSafe app. No registration is required and all privacy related data stored in the app is hidden and encrypted.

As a digital tool commonly used daily by the general public, with more than eight million downloads since its launch, there have been no reported security or privacy incidents, the bureau said.

Regarding the allegations regarding the facial recognition module, the office has repeatedly explained that the application does not use or require any facial recognition function, and that the relevant module has already been removed as promised, he said. added.

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