Source: Hong Kong Information Services
Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today attended a virtual meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific.
The meeting’s 71st session is being held through video conferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health restrictions, with a focus on the anti-epidemic work by committee members and regional co-operation.
Prof Chan said Hong Kong had responded promptly and successfully to a few epidemic waves so far. The current wave has subsided from its peak now but there are still sporadic local cases among the recent confirmed cases, indicating the existence of silent transmission chains in the community.
She said the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will spare no effort in containing the spread of the disease using the containment strategy.
The health chief also shared experiences of running the Universal Community Testing Programme.
She said the Hong Kong SAR Government will stay vigilant to cope with the next wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, which is expected to arrive this winter and will likely be more severe than the previous wave.
“We are actively reviewing our existing measures, consolidating experience gained, strengthening our current capacities and mapping out targeted and refined strategies in tackling the next wave of the epidemic.”
The health chief also reaffirmed the Hong Kong SAR Government’s commitment in maintaining close collaboration with the WHO and the regional committee in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.