Students yet to head back to schools, says expert

Local | 4 Jan 2021 12:05 pm

A health expert said on a radio program today that Hong Kong’s fourth wave of the epidemic is yet to be contained, social distancing measures should not be eased and students will not be back at schools anytime soon.

Ho Pak-leung, the head of the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Infection pointed out that although Hong Kong’s seven-day Covid case average continues on a slight decline, the portion of untraceable infections remains high.

“Despite the government’s call to stay home, people still hold gatherings and hang out during Christmas and New Year holidays. Along with the weather being on and off, there is a chance of a rebound of the epidemic,” said Ho.

The microbiologist added that the social distancing measures can only be eased when there is a sharp drop in infection numbers, and that is when school resumption can be considered.

“Authorities should make sure their tracking work and mandatory testing are on point and efficient. For example, they should be ready to mobilize sufficient manpower to conduct testing for school in cases of infections,” he claimed.



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