The fifth wave of the epidemic is still severe. The Secretary for Food and Health, Chen Zhaoshi, said today (29th) that the trend of the epidemic cannot be estimated at this time, and the number of cases may not have peaked. Due to the high transmissibility of the mutated virus strain Omicron, the authorities expect that the epidemic may be affected in a short period of time. There are multiple cases. She revealed that if the existing quarantine facilities, including the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Center and quarantine hotels are overwhelmed, home quarantine may be required.
Chen Zhaoshi said in a TV program that the recent trend of the epidemic has been rapid, and the authorities need to make assessments every day. When asked about the government’s previous enclosure of Yat Kui Building, Ying Kui Building and Xia Kui Building, some residents were worried that queuing for testing would increase the risk of cross-infection. During this period, residents maintain social distance, which should not pose a big problem.
Regarding the government’s earlier announcement that the “Vaccine Pass” will be implemented on the 24th of next month, Chen Zhaoshi pointed out that he noticed that many places in the market have a lot of people, such as supermarkets and markets. She stressed that the current vaccination rate in Hong Kong is close to 80%, and it is believed that it will not be difficult to implement the measures, but even if the measures are implemented, once the epidemic breaks out again, she still does not rule out that some premises will be closed.
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