HONG KONG: Having discussions and making “general remarks” about Hong Kong’s coronavirus strategy is not unlawful and does not violate the Chinese territory’s nationwide safety regulation, the government mentioned on Sunday (Jan 30), because it grapples to regulate an increase in instances.
Hong Kong has adopted China in sticking to a zero-COVID coverage with the financial and psychological tolls quickly rising, and measures turning into extra draconian than these first carried out in 2020.
Experts have mentioned that the present coverage is not sustainable as instances proceed to extend as a result of extremely transmissible Omicron pressure.
Hong Kong’s coverage to attain “Dynamic zero infection” was the simplest approach to battle the outbreak and shield public well being, the government mentioned in a press release.
It got here after native legislator Junius Ho mentioned that specialists who instructed Hong Kong ought to reside with the virus the best way Western specialists do might have violated its nationwide safety regulation, public broadcaster RTHK reported.
More than 1 million of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million residents are not vaccinated, exposing them to excessive probability of an infection or perhaps a threat of demise, the government mentioned.
While Hong Kong succeeded in conserving the virus underneath management for a lot of 2021, it has seen a spike in infections in January. There have been over 700 domestically transmitted infections in January to this point in contrast with simply two in December.
The metropolis has recorded round 13,600 infections since 2020 and 213 deaths, far decrease than different main cities.