Thursday saw 21,650 COVID cases, down from 29,272 on Wednesday. In fact, the numbers have been leaning more toward 30,000 this entire week, so let’s hope Thursday marks the beginning of the end of this fifth wave.
Meanwhile, the city’s leader Carrie Lam has said that the government will review its COVID policies because she can sense our tolerance toward the harsh restrictions “fading.” This was a mild way to put it, considering over 45,000 people have left the city this month, plus 71,000 last month, compared to 17,000 in December before the fifth wave started. The government is also expected to provide a bit more clarity around the mass testing scheme in the next few days.
“I have a very good feel that some of our financial institutions are losing patience about this sort of isolated status of Hong Kong. And Hong Kong is an international financial center and nobody attaches as much importance as myself to Hong Kong’s international status under one country, two systems,” Carrie Lam said.
Earlier this week, Lam told a daily briefing, “The government has to be very careful before tightening social distancing measures further … with the need to consider the mental health of citizens.”
You drive the stories at TMS. DM us which headline you want us to explain, or email us.