Home Affairs Department staff distribute notices to residents in Jordan on January 21 to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing following an outbreak in the community. Photo: K.Y. Cheng Home Affairs Department staff distribute notices to residents in Jordan on January 21 to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing following an outbreak in the community. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Home Affairs Department staff distribute notices to residents in Jordan on January 21 to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing following an outbreak in the community. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Why Hong Kong’s coronavirus measures are out of proportion to the risk

  • Hong Kong officials’ obsession with reducing case numbers to zero means they have paid scant regard to society’s broader interests
  • There is no denying the global scale of the pandemic but, unless kept in perspective, the cure may be worse than the disease

Home Affairs Department staff distribute notices to residents in Jordan on January 21 to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing following an outbreak in the community. Photo: K.Y. Cheng Home Affairs Department staff distribute notices to residents in Jordan on January 21 to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing following an outbreak in the community. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Home Affairs Department staff distribute notices to residents in Jordan on January 21 to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing following an outbreak in the community. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.