The SAR government is about to tighten its anti-epidemiccontrol at the border by requiring inbound travellers to use designated transport and undergo quarantine in selected hotels, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday.
At present, incoming travellers are able to take public transport to the hotel of their choice for their 14-day quarantine.
But medical experts say this is a loophole which can increase the spread of Covid-19.
Speaking on a radio programme, the CE said officials would soon make changes.
"The measure will be comprehensively tightened...to a level that we will have selected hotels [for the travellers]. I know that [officials are] entering the final stage of discussion over the matter," she said.
Lam also said her cabinet was reviewing the penalty for individuals and businesses breaking anti-epidemic measures. She said the penalty could be increased because of the public health threat.
As to the idea of imposing mandatory testing for the whole population, the CE doubted whether this would be cost effective.
"We have to ask ourselves when you do a one-off testing for seven million people, what do we want to achieve? Even if we can find infected cases, does that mean we can cut the transmission links? That would only happen if the border is closed."
But the CE said workers in elderly care-homes would soon be included in the mandatory testing scheme and that staff would be required to take the test regularly so they can work and care for the frail elderly.
Taxi drivers, meanwhile, will also be asked to take the compulsory Covid-19 tests but they won't be forced to do it regularly, she added.
Testing packs will also be distributed at major MTR stations in future.
Separately, on the proposal to make all civil servants take an oath of allegiance in one go, the CE said she felt it was reasonable to do it en masse.