Epidemiologist Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong on Thursday raised questions over the necessity of the city’s border control measures against the coronavirus, saying that the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron have already entered communities. He questioned if it is really necessary for Hong Kong to maintain its strict border control measures. Cowling noted that the border control measures are supposed to stop the virus from entering one city - when that specific place has recorded zero local infections. “With Hong Kong now recording over 100 imported cases daily, and that the sub-variants of Omicron already spreading in our society, is it really necessary for the border control measures to remain in place?” he asked. The epidemiologist also noted that shortening the hotel quarantine period for inbound travelers from seven to five days would not bring significant risks to the city’s Covid situation.
Source: The Standard June 30, 2022 15:13 UTC