‘Covid state of affairs may rebound after Easter break’

Infectious ailments specialists on Monday warned of a rebound in coronavirus instances after the Easter holidays, saying social exercise and gatherings over the break would have elevated the possibility of the virus spreading.

Talking on an RTHK programme, Dr Leung Chi-chiu stated there have been 5 Covid instances with no identifiable supply of transmission over the previous week, and 5 unlinked instances the week earlier than, exhibiting that the virus state of affairs had merely plateaued.

He accused the federal government of sending out the incorrect message by easing some social distancing measures previous to the break, comparable to reopening seashores and swimming swimming pools, and easing capability restrictions at cinemas and theme parks.

Leung urged the federal government to step up testing after the vacations, including that folks ought to get examined as quickly as doable if that they had any signs or had engaged in high-risk social actions throughout the break.

Leung additionally warned that there was an growing threat that mutant variants may unfold within the SAR, saying many of the metropolis’s current Covid infections had been imported instances.

He stated the federal government ought to overview whether or not to proceed letting travellers from high-risk locations enter Hong Kong, and whether or not to quickly put a bar overseas home helpers.

He added that the federal government ought to check airport employees, and staff within the resort and transport business as soon as every week.

In the meantime, microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung stated he believed the low numbers of infections throughout the Easter holidays had been under-reported as medical doctors may have been on trip and many individuals choose to not see the physician throughout the break. He stated there have been nonetheless silent chains of transmission in the neighborhood.

The College of Hong Kong professor, who advises the federal government on the pandemic, stated it could not be stunning if the variety of instances rose once more after the vacations as many individuals had gone out onto the streets, and had visited eating places, seashores and theme parks.

He stated, whereas he understands that many industries are having a tough time and that lots of people had been unemployed, the town may solely absolutely ease its an infection management measures as soon as it had achieved zero infections for 28 consecutive days, in any other case the virus state of affairs may simply bounce again.