Residents at a block in Tung Chung undergo mandatory testing for Covid-19 on January 1 after a preliminary positive imported case was reported. Tracing and enforcing testing of thousands of people who may have been in hundreds of locations across the city is a tall order. Photo: Edmond So
Residents at a block in Tung Chung undergo mandatory testing for Covid-19 on January 1 after a preliminary positive imported case was reported. Tracing and enforcing testing of thousands of people who may have been in hundreds of locations across the city is a tall order. Photo: Edmond So
Robin Hibberd
Opinion

Opinion

Robin Hibberd

Omicron’s emergence is the catalyst for Hong Kong to rethink its zero-Covid strategy

  • Sealing off the city helped save lives early on and bought people time to get vaccinated, but it also made us complacent
  • The arrival of the highly contagious Omicron variant means compulsory testing and quarantines are no longer practical, and it may well be time to break the seal

Residents at a block in Tung Chung undergo mandatory testing for Covid-19 on January 1 after a preliminary positive imported case was reported. Tracing and enforcing testing of thousands of people who may have been in hundreds of locations across the city is a tall order. Photo: Edmond So
Residents at a block in Tung Chung undergo mandatory testing for Covid-19 on January 1 after a preliminary positive imported case was reported. Tracing and enforcing testing of thousands of people who may have been in hundreds of locations across the city is a tall order. Photo: Edmond So
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