Arrivals at Hong Kong’s airport. The city is on high alert over Omicron fears, and has tightened measures against several high-risk places. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
Arrivals at Hong Kong’s airport. The city is on high alert over Omicron fears, and has tightened measures against several high-risk places. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Omicron variant can multiply 70 times faster than other strains in lower respiratory tracts of hosts, Hong Kong researchers find

  • Research team led by HKU expert warns overall threat could be ‘very significant’, although there could be lower infection severity
  • Source says border reopening with mainland China still on track unless Omicron clusters emerge, while another specialist separately calls for UK flight ban

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Arrivals at Hong Kong’s airport. The city is on high alert over Omicron fears, and has tightened measures against several high-risk places. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
Arrivals at Hong Kong’s airport. The city is on high alert over Omicron fears, and has tightened measures against several high-risk places. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
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