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'Ban people without masks from public transport'

2020-03-18 HKT 11:57
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  • Ho Pak-leung says Hong Kong people must be united to break the chain of infections in the community. File photo: RTHK
    Ho Pak-leung says Hong Kong people must be united to break the chain of infections in the community. File photo: RTHK
A microbiologist from the University of Hong Kong on Wednesday called for people who don't wear face masks to be banned from using public transport, in light of a surge in the number of imported cases of Covid-19.

The head of the university’s Centre for Infection, Dr Ho Pak-leung, described the coming two weeks as a “critical period” in the city’s fight against the new coronavirus and said aggressive measures must be taken to contain its spread.

He said Hong Kong people must be united to break the chain of infections in the community, and have to wear faces masks when they go to work, as well as having their temperatures checked.

Ho said that on top of banning people who refuse to wear masks from public transport, they should also be stopped from getting into lifts.

He reiterated his call for the government to stop all non-Hong Kong residents from coming into the city, saying more than 40 countries and regions already implemented such a ban.

The infectious disease expert added that students who come back from overseas should be taken directly from the airport to hotels for checks and quarantine.