Workers wearing face masks clean a shop in Hong Kong on March 25. Millions of ordinary Hongkongers have made sure they wash their hands, clean lift buttons, stay indoors and take other precautions, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: AP Workers wearing face masks clean a shop in Hong Kong on March 25. Millions of ordinary Hongkongers have made sure they wash their hands, clean lift buttons, stay indoors and take other precautions, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: AP
Workers wearing face masks clean a shop in Hong Kong on March 25. Millions of ordinary Hongkongers have made sure they wash their hands, clean lift buttons, stay indoors and take other precautions, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: AP
Bernard Chan
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Opinion

Bernard Chan

Community efforts against coronavirus have been key to averting major public health disaster in Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong is being lauded for its containment effort now countries in the West are experiencing the challenges it faced in the early days when infection numbers spiked. Government competence can only go so far. The real heroes are the city’s people

Workers wearing face masks clean a shop in Hong Kong on March 25. Millions of ordinary Hongkongers have made sure they wash their hands, clean lift buttons, stay indoors and take other precautions, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: AP Workers wearing face masks clean a shop in Hong Kong on March 25. Millions of ordinary Hongkongers have made sure they wash their hands, clean lift buttons, stay indoors and take other precautions, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: AP
Workers wearing face masks clean a shop in Hong Kong on March 25. Millions of ordinary Hongkongers have made sure they wash their hands, clean lift buttons, stay indoors and take other precautions, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: AP
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Bernard Chan

Bernard Chan

Bernard Charnwut Chan, born in 1965, is a Hong Kong politician and businessman. He is the grandson of Chin Sophonpanich, the late founder of Bangkok Bank. He is currently convenor of Hong Kong's Executive Council.