A man pulls along a girl on rollerblades at Tamar Park in Admiralty, Hong Kong, on August 10. Hong Kong has relaxed measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some restrictions remain. Photo: Nora Tam A man pulls along a girl on rollerblades at Tamar Park in Admiralty, Hong Kong, on August 10. Hong Kong has relaxed measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some restrictions remain. Photo: Nora Tam
A man pulls along a girl on rollerblades at Tamar Park in Admiralty, Hong Kong, on August 10. Hong Kong has relaxed measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some restrictions remain. Photo: Nora Tam
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Panic-driven response to coronavirus prioritises some lives over others

  • There has been scant debate in Hong Kong, where pneumonia claimed around 9,000 lives in 2019, about Covid-19 in the context of broader health and social interests
  • Sweden has shown that a ‘light touch’ policy works, while there are also lessons to be learnt from Bangladesh and Brazil

A man pulls along a girl on rollerblades at Tamar Park in Admiralty, Hong Kong, on August 10. Hong Kong has relaxed measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some restrictions remain. Photo: Nora Tam A man pulls along a girl on rollerblades at Tamar Park in Admiralty, Hong Kong, on August 10. Hong Kong has relaxed measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some restrictions remain. Photo: Nora Tam
A man pulls along a girl on rollerblades at Tamar Park in Admiralty, Hong Kong, on August 10. Hong Kong has relaxed measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some restrictions remain. Photo: Nora Tam
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