Hong Kong unveils further steps to curb Covid-19 spread, boost vaccinations

11/1/2022 1:00:00 PM

Hong Kong unveils further steps to curb Covid-19 spread, boost vaccinations

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Hong Kong unveils further steps to curb Covid-19 spread, boost vaccinations

HONG KONGHong Kong will shut kindergartens and primary schools and start offering Covid-19 vaccines for children from the age of five, the city's leader said on Tuesday (Jan 11), as the financial hub grapples with an increase in coronavirus infections.

It comes as the Chinese-ruled city has seen some local transmissions of the Omicron coronavirus variant after three months of no local coronavirus cases at the end of last year.Chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters in a weekly media briefing that kindergartens and primary schools must stop face-to-face classes from Friday until after Chinese New Year at the beginning of February to prevent transmissions of the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

Schools had mostly resumed in-person classes late last year after months of online teaching.Children over five will be able to get the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine, Mrs Lam said. Authorities have cleared the other vaccine available in Hong Kong, made by Germany's BioNTech, for children aged 12 and older.

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It comes as the Chinese-ruled city has seen some local transmissions of the Omicron coronavirus variant after three months of no local coronavirus cases at the end of last year. Chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters in a weekly media briefing that kindergartens and primary schools must stop face-to-face classes from Friday until after Chinese New Year at the beginning of February to prevent transmissions of the fast-spreading Omicron variant. South China Morning Post A recent birthday party attended by Hong Kong government officials and lawmakers in the middle of an Omicron outbreak is proving to be a major epidemiological headache for authorities as a number of guests remain unaccounted for, have hidden their whereabouts or were not using a risk-exposure app. Schools had mostly resumed in-person classes late last year after months of online teaching. The China-ruled city saw a three-month streak of no local coronavirus transmission until the end of last year. Children over five will be able to get the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine, Mrs Lam said. The public health scandal erupted last week after it emerged that 14 officials and 20 lawmakers were among some 200 guests who last Monday attended the 53rd birthday party of Witman Hung Wai Man , a delegate to the national legislature. Authorities have cleared the other vaccine available in Hong Kong, made by Germany's BioNTech, for children aged 12 and older. Two guests were later found to have been infected.

"I am optimistic and confident we can overcome the situation," Mrs Lam said. The 43-year-old woman’s previously unknown link to the birthday party – she had gone to it with Wong – sent another local deputy to the National People’s Congress, Ma Ho Fai, into quarantine. The government had at least HK$4 billion (US$513 million) available for new economic relief measures, she said. Separately, Bloomberg News said Hong Kong's international airport was set to ban transit by passengers from 150 designated high-risk places from Jan 15 to Feb 14, citing the unnamed sources. The ban will not apply to diplomats, government officials, athletes and staff participating in the Winter Olympics, which open on Feb 4 in Beijing, according to the report. Speaking to the Post on Monday, Ma recalled that by the end of the dinner, the woman, whom he did not name, received a call from Wong informing her she had been infected. The city's Transport and Housing Bureau did not immediately reply to a request for comment. According to the latest findings, more than 200 people attended the party and the number might grow, Lam said. Mrs Lam did not mention new air transit rules during her press conference. My wife and I subsequently were tested over the next few days – which returned negative results – before the [43-year-old] lady tested preliminary-positive on Saturday,” he said.” She noted that the probes are not meant to be “fault finding”, saying: “I hope people will move away from this talk about fault finding, who is a scapegoat or what.

Hong Kong had already banned passenger flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Britain and the United States in early January. 'MOST UNFORTUNATE' Hong Kong is far behind other developed cities with its vaccination campaign. While he did not attend Hung’s party, he argued it would be difficult for the organisers to provide an exhaustive guest list given people could “come and go”. Less than 75 per cent of eligible people have had a first dose, while just under 70 per cent have had a second one. About eight per cent have received a third. Chuang urged the party-goers who had not come forward to contact the centre directly as there were no surveillance cameras at the restaurant. The city saw a three-month streak of no local coronavirus transmission until the end of last year.” She said there have been over 200 cases of non-compliance with home quarantine orders and most of these offenders received jail terms of between seven and 14 days.

There have since been more than 40 local transmissions of the Omicron variant, with more than 4,000 people considered close contacts sent into government-mandated quarantine, Mrs Lam said. Another party attendee, Dr Daniel Chu Wai Sing, husband of RTHK host Joyce Yeung who was later ruled a false positive case, admitted on a radio show on Monday he did not scan the government’s Leave Home Safe app before entering the venue, a Spanish restaurant in Wan Chai, that night. Mrs Lam said the government would also launch a new anti-epidemic relief fund, with details to be announced on Friday. The government had at least HK$4 billion (S$690 million) available for new economic relief measures, she said. New People’s Party lawmaker Judy Chan Ka Pui, one of the 20 lawmakers who attended Hung’s party, also said she believed it would be difficult for organisers to provide a complete guest list as invitees were not required to register beforehand. Mrs Lam said a disciplinary investigation was still going on into the behaviour of 13 senior government officials who attended a birthday party for a delegate to China's legislature. Two of the party guests tested positive for the coronavirus. “We already decided to leave early after spotting the crowd at the restaurant, which was not that big,” she said, referring to her party colleague Eunice Yung Hoi Yan and Lai Tung Kwok. The city saw a three-month streak of no community transmission broken on Dec 31, with the confirmation of its first local case of the Omicron variant.

According to the latest findings, more than 200 people attended the party and the number might grow, Mrs Lam said. "This is the most unfortunate event because of the large number of people involved," Mrs Lam said, adding the officials should have complied with her appeal for people to avoid large gatherings.” The trio, all returned via the Election Committee constituency, eventually stayed for around 15 minutes to show courtesy and greet their voters who were at the party, Chan said. REUTERS Related topics .