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No plan to declare Hong Kong as infected area: Health Director


Following is the transcript (English portion) of the media session by the Director of Health, Dr Margaret Chan, held at the Central Government Offices (Main Wing) lobby this afternoon (April 1):

Dr Margaret Chan: I understand that there has been a rumour that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will declare itself as an infected area. I would like to take this opportunity, through you, to inform the people of Hong Kong categorically that we have no plan and there is no need for us to declare Hong Kong as an infected area.

And as a matter of fact, our airport and all our external transport with other parts of the world will continue as usual. Everything is running as scheduled and normally.

Another point I wish to make is, in terms of food supply and other supply, we have adequate supply to provide for the needs of the citizens of Hong Kong. So there is no need for anybody to have a run on food and other things.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

End/Tuesday, April 1, 2003


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