Health experts are calling for tighter vigil against coronavirus and establishment of quarantine hotels, saying it's not satisfactory that Hong Kong is seeing local coronavirus cases every two to three weeks.
On Sunday, authorities confirmed two new local cases, the first in three weeks. A woman in She Tin who had no recent travel history had tested positive a week before that but it was not classified as a local case as two of her relatives who had returned from the US was in quarantine at her home.
Right now, returnees from low-risk countries can do home quarantine, while air and ship crews are exempted from this measure.
Dr Leung Chi-chiu, who chairs the Medical Association's advisory committee on communicable diseases, called for the government to set aside quarantine hotels.
"If we can stop the leakage of these infectious cases from poor quarantine arrangements into the general community, this should be able to terminate the local transmission," he said.
Leung said the situation here was not satisfactory and that Macau was performing much better in the fight against Covid-19. He said Macau had not seen any local transmission in almost three months.
Meanwhile Dr Ho Pak-leung of the University of Hong Kong said it’s possible that a new cluster could emerge after it was revealed that one of the new cases is a man who works at two eateries.
Speaking on RTHK, Ho said customers of the restaurants where the 59-year-old man works at had complained that he didn’t wear a mask on some occasions.
Ho said the man’s colleagues and restaurant customers could be infected. He said the government should liaise with the catering industry and establish a mechanism to monitor the health of staff in the sector.