For all Hong Kong’s experience with the Covid-19 pandemic and the government’s preventive measures, daily infections have for weeks stubbornly remained in the triple-digits, fluctuating from the 200s to 500s. Clusters too regularly appear, one person spreading the disease to others in places where masks are removed, particularly bars and restaurants. The risk of a sixth wave is such that Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has all but dismissed the likelihood of a third-phase easing of social-distancing rules towards the end of the month that would remove remaining restrictions. There is no certainty for now that the coronavirus can be eliminated, even after case numbers are brought to manageable lows, so we need a practical approach. Highly effective testing and thorough contact tracing prevent outbreaks. But with more than 1.2 million recorded infections in Hong Kong as a result of the fifth wave and an estimated 3 million more that went unreported, the coronavirus is embedded in the community. The ever-evolving nature of the disease and likelihood of even more transmissible variants than Omicron mean vanquishing it may prove impossible. Outbreaks would seem inevitable. The focus has to be on prevention, quick identification and stopping the spread. An important tool is rapid antigen testing, which provides a quick and relatively reliable means of determining a person’s infection status. The easy availability of kits means people alerted that they need to get tested have no excuse not to comply. Scores of customers at two bars in Central where significant clusters have occurred have so far neglected to submit results, putting the health of others at risk. But rapid testing also has to be done honestly; there are suspicions old results are being used to cheat vaccine pass requirements and people found to be providing false information, like those who do not comply with testing orders, face fines. The 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty on July 1 will take place with the coronavirus still a threat. A celebratory fireworks display has already been cancelled. To what degree the occasion can be marked depends on Hongkongers remaining vigilant, getting a third vaccine jab and being realistic.