Hong Kong fourth wave: time and trust in short supply for Carrie Lam’s government to rein in coronavirus
- After some early successes, the Hong Kong government is struggling to balance public health, the economic impact and social acceptance in its pandemic response
- It cannot muster the capacity to fight the virus without the public on its side, but if it fails to contain the pandemic, public support will dwindle further
Anthony Cheung Bing-leung is research chair professor of public administration at the Education University of Hong Kong and a former secretary for transport and housing (2012-17). He was president of the Hong Kong Institute of Education and chair professor of public administration until June 2012. Prior to 2008, he was a professor at the Department of Public and Social Administration of the City University of Hong Kong.