Letters | Hong Kong’s Covid policy falls short at mainland China border
- Measures that seemed prudent when Hong Kong was struggling with the pandemic are out of step and should be eased given the city’s progress
- The government should allow those who are fully vaccinated to cross the border first to provide greater incentive for Hongkongers to get vaccinated
Our borders with mainland China have been largely closed since February 2020. Even though Hongkongers are now allowed to cross the border, they have to undergo at least 14 days of quarantine. This is seen as a prudent measure to avoid imported Covid-19 cases from Hong Kong.
Have officials done their best on this issue? I don’t think so, for three reasons.
Moreover, Hong Kong has made strict arrangements for travellers, but it does not ban all those coming from high-risk places. This is the wrong approach as it still runs the risk of allowing the virus to leak into the city.
The government should allow those who are fully vaccinated to cross the border first. Otherwise, there will not be enough of an incentive for the rest to get vaccinated.
Jack Chung, Sham Shui Po