1. Provisions empowering the Department of Health to require travellers entering into Hong Kong to produce health declarations, have medical examinations or be ordered into quarantine to prevent any cross-boundary spread of diseases; 2. Update and expansion of the list of notifiable diseases from 32 to more than 40; 3. Provisions empowering the Department of Health to require the surrender of infectious specimens, organisms or agents; 4. Provisions empowering the Department of Health to place sick person, contact and carrier of infectious diseases under medical surveillance; andThe Bill is intended to be introduced into the Legislative Council in the second quarter of 2007. While the proposal should strengthen the local regulatory regime for preventing and controlling the spread of disease, the Government would need to clarify the legitimacy of commandeering private property to avoid any challenges under the Basic Law.
5. Provisions empowering the Chief Executive in Council to decide on a "state of public health emergency", during which private property including vaccines, drugs, personal protective gears, vehicles and vacant residential facilities may be commandeered.
Doctors are required to make prompt reports of notifiable diseases under the current regulations. More infectious diseases will need to be reported by doctors in the future.
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