Local expert thinks HK is ready for “0+0” quarantine arrangement for overseas arrivals

Ho Pak Leung

23rd September 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong government is still hesitant to relax the epidemic prevention policy and is still thinking about the “0+7” or “0+3” arrangement for entry quarantine. Ho Pak-leung, head of the Centre for Infection and Infectious Diseases of the University of Hong Kong stated during a radio program today that Hong Kong has established a herd immunity to prevent severe illness, and at the same time, it has also achieved effective oral medicine for COVID-19. Hence, the relaxation of entry quarantine to “0+0” is quite feasible from a medical point of view.

The government should also scrap PCR tests for inbound passengers. He pointed out that the main axis of normalised epidemic prevention in Hong Kong is the vaccine pass, and the society should not be affected by the small number of people who have not been vaccinated. As for the 300,000 elderly people who still have not been vaccinated, he pointed out that through enhanced testing, early diagnosis can be achieved, and oral medication can be taken as soon as possible after diagnosis.