Local expert urges authorities to implement stringent epidemic prevention measures in primary schools and kindergartens

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15th September 2021 – (Hong Kong) Schools in Hong Kong have successively resumed full-time face-to-face classes. The Director of the Infection and Infectious Diseases Centre of the University of Hong Kong, Ho Pak-leung, said on a radio program this morning (15th) that the Hong Kong government must be prepared to prevent a cluster outbreak in schools if mutant virus flows into the community. At present, the vaccination rate among students aged 12 to 19 in Hong Kong is 64%.

He urged the authorities to implement stringent epidemic prevention measures in primary schools and kindergartens, including maintaining air circulation and wearing masks. In secondary schools, he urged students not to go to school if they have respiratory symptoms. Recently, a Delta variant case cluster outbreak occurred in Putian City, Fujian Province, where at least 30 primary school students and kindergarten students were infected. He pointed out that young people and children under 10 are equally vulnerable to Delta virus, and the situation is almost the same as in the United States.

As some infected people have been vaccinated, it is recommended that the authorities pay attention to the critically ill patients and their infection status among those who have been injected, and then make a preliminary assessment.

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