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Hong Kong not yet ready for cross-border travel, says health expert

Hong Kong not yet ready for cross-border travel, says health expert

A health expert said today that Hong Kong is not yet ready to resume cross-border travel, with the vaccination rate for residents over the age of 70 lower than 20 percent.
Speaking on a radio program on Friday, respiratory medicine specialist Dr Leung Chi-chiu, said ending the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble is what a responsible government should do.

“As a responsible government, there is no way authorities would allow cross-border travel with a place that is far worse in containing the Covid outbreaks,” said Leung.

He also pointed out that the anti-epidemic measures in both places are not on the same wavelength.

However, the health expert said it is impossible for a city to remain in lockdown forever, which will have a huge impact on the city’s economy.

Meanwhile, Philip Chan Man-ping, president of the Hong Kong Singapore Business Association, said Singapore authorities’ strategy of embracing the virus will make restarting the travel bubble impossible.

“The only way for the bubble to resume is achieving ‘zero infection’ in Singapore, but the chances are minimal,” he said.
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