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Lina Vyas
Lina Vyas
Dr Lina Vyas is an associate professor in the Department of Asian and Policy Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong, specialising in public policy and management. She has recently been involved in projects related to work-life balance, stress and work from home under Covid-19 and its future applicability, particularly in Hong Kong.

Use of the ‘Leave Home Safe’ app, hotel quarantine and policy consistency have all come under scrutiny. A well-thought-out pandemic management strategy that takes into account its medium- and long-term effects is urgently needed.

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Given the surge in the number of face masks and plastic utensils, measures are needed to counter their use and manage their safe disposal. The government must also do more to protect vulnerable middle-income households, and counter the effects of remote learning on existing inequalities.

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The lack of care and human contact on offer shows the government is ignoring the mental health of those forced to remain in hotels. The increase to 21 days in quarantine makes it vital to help those in isolation, separated from loved ones.

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While both nations have much to teach other developing countries, India’s approach of fighting corruption through redistribution has the advantage of reducing income inequality and boosting the purchasing power of the poor.

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Housing has been a vital source of stress for most middle-class Hong Kong residents. No doubt, the government has repeatedly introduced cooling measures to ease the property market, but it seems that the sandwich class is being overlooked.

Earlier this month, the secretary for the civil service launched a four-month public consultation exercise on the extension of the service of civil servants. 

As a typical modern society, Hong Kong is characterised by heavy workloads, a fast work pace and long hours. Work and family are the two major domains of life; however, an imbalance contributes to a conflict between the two.