Local expert estimates at least 90% of HK residents have been infected with COVID-19, compulsory testing notices and sewage monitoring measures should be scrapped

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10th December 2022 – (Hong Kong) Recently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong has continued to remain above 10,000. David Hui, Chair Professor of the Department of Respiratory System, CUHK, said today (10th) that the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Hong Kong may exceed 90%, but he believes that the community has formed a herd immunity as many reported cases were mild. Only 20 cases were in critical condition.

Hong Kong can be said to coexist with the virus at present. David said that the COVID-19 virus cannot be eradicated for the time being. He pointed out that the overall number of infections is not a very important indicator, but the number of critically ill patients and the number of deaths are, and the number of vaccinations should be increased.

In addition, Hui referred to the high transmission rate of Omicron, which can easily and quickly infiltrate the community. Since patients are currently allowed to be isolated and quarantined at home, he believes that measures such as compulsory testing notices and sewage monitoring are not effective and meaningful, and should be scrapped. He also pointed out that the severity of Omicron is reduced, but there will still be a longer after-effects after infection, which is not the same as influenza.

Meanwhile, there are still many young children between 6 months and 3 years old who have not been vaccinated. In the next 10,000 cases of children infected with COVID-19, there will be one death expected.

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