Hong Kong and China have very strict COVID-19 policies to keep the virus out of their borders.
This, among other things, involves mandatory mask-wearing, designated hotel quarantine time for travelers and quarantine camps for residents who have been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19.
But even though the region has a strict zero-COVID-tolerance stance and stringent measures in place to uphold that, the highly-transmissible omicron has been detected within both Hong Kong and the mainland.
Hong Kong is now seeing its fifth wave of COVID-19 amid the Lunar New Year break. China, on the other hand, is about to host the Beijing Winter Olympics, but over 30 people (athletes and staff) have already tested positive for COVID-19 within the city’s strict Olympic bubble.
Hong Kong has reported its highest daily number of unlinked infections in its fifth COVID-19 wave on Tuesday, with the city seeing 129 newly confirmed cases within 24 hours, 102 of which were local and 22 have no currently known source.
“The large number of unlinked in the community still indicates there is quite some community transmission in those areas,” said Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the infectious disease branch of the Center for Health Protection for Hong Kong.
A respiratory disease expert, David Hui, who’s advising the Hong Kong government on COVID-19, said that based on experience with current waves, it would probably take about two months to contain a wave of infections after daily cases hit high double-digits or triple digits.
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