5th May 2021 – (Hong Kong) Recently, many confirmed cases of the variant virus have been recorded in succession. However, the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr.Sophia Chan pointed out yesterday (4th) that the government is studying to allow those who have received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 14 days later to shorten their quarantine period when they return to Hong Kong from overseas.
Respiratory specialist Leung Chi-chiu criticised on a radio program this morning (5th) that he was very doubtful about the statement. He pointed out that even if the 21-day quarantine period is still valid in Hong Kong, there are still leakages. He thinks that there is no scientific justification for the shorterning of the quarantine period for close contacts and people from high risk area.
He emphasised that vaccination will not shorten the incubation period or reduce the transmission power. Leung also mentioned that two Filipino domestic helpers in Allway Gardens with variant viruses and an Indian housewife in Beauty Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsui, were all tested with antibodies to COVID-19 and the amount of the virus was low. Leung believes that they would not pose a direct threat to the community. He also pointed out that because the two people did not have antibodies tested when they entered Hong Kong, it is unknown whether they were infected in their hometown or the hotel. However, that they had tested negative multiple times, and that it was not an oversight and believed that there was no sampling problem.