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Too many HK people venturing out, warns CHP expert

2020-02-27 HKT 18:40
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  • Hong Kong people should not be under the assumption that wearing face masks will keep Covid-19 away, says an expert. Photo: RTHK
    Hong Kong people should not be under the assumption that wearing face masks will keep Covid-19 away, says an expert. Photo: RTHK
Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection on Thursday warned Hong Kong people not to let their guard down against Covid-19, saying she's seeing too many people on the streets.

Chuang, the head of the communicable disease branch of the centre, urged people to avoid gatherings and not to assume that they'll be protected just by wearing face masks.

This comes as the government said civil servants would head back to their offices from Monday, while the Judiciary also said courts will resume proceedings progressively from next week.

The government had asked employees to work from home recently, while courts have been generally closed down to reduce social contacts and help prevent a wide outbreak of the coronavirus.

Chuang said it’s too early to say when the epidemic will die down.

“There are still cases with unknown sources in the community. I cannot predict when the outbreak will die out. But we’re trying every effort to contain and delay the spread of the infection in the community,” she said.

She said that the spread of the virus on the mainland seems to have slowed down because people are doing well on cutting down their social contacts to contain the epidemic.

The epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak, Hubei province, has been on a complete lockdown for over a month now. Beijing, meanwhile, is ordering anyone arriving in the capital to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.