August 29, 2022
HONG KONG – Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu urged the public on Saturday to comply with current anti-pandemic measures so that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government can contain the spread of COVID-19 while allowing certain social and economic activities to resume.
Speaking to the media after attending a district forum, Lee emphasized that while he is conscious of the need of maintaining connectivity with both the Chinese mainland and the international community, it is crucial to ensure the pandemic is kept under control to ensure the safety of high-risk people, particularly the elderly and children.
Lee emphasized that while he is conscious of the need of maintaining connectivity with both the Chinese mainland and the international community, it is crucial to ensure the pandemic is kept under control to ensure the safety of high-risk people, particularly the elderly and children
Lee said the public health system should also be protected, noting that that 20 to 30 percent of public health services “has been cut in order to deal with the COVID situation.”
“What we can all do together, is to co-operate with the measures of the Government so as to deal with this epidemic, in a way that we can satisfy the two principles that I have earlier mentioned: protecting the high-risk group and also ensuring the public health system can function,” Lee said.
He noted that if both factors are well controlled, then there will be room for the government to allow activities to go about as much as possible.
“In order to achieve that, everyone has to play their part because fighting the epidemic is the responsibility and concern of everybody. S,o I need everybody to work in that direction,” Lee said.
“I hope that, if we can all work together and (cope with) the government’s strategy of doing precision measures in accordance with risks, then there is no need for us to do extra work in extra measures about social distancing,” he added.
Lee spoke to the media after attending the second District Forum at Hong Kong Southern District Government Primary School to continue to listen to views and suggestions of members of the public on the upcoming Policy Address.
Hong Kong reported 8,457 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, comprising 8,225 local infections cases and 232 imported ones.