The government has no plan to relax the harsh Covid-19 curbs for the moment, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as she pointed out that the measures remain a key part in the anti-pandemic fight.
Although the Centre for Health Protection believed that the fifth wave has peaked after topping over 50,000 daily infections, the Hong Kong leader in a media session on Friday said it is still too early too predict the upcoming trend of the fifth wave.
She stressed that the social distancing measures are still key elements when it comes to fighting the pandemic and the measures are not to be relaxed depending on the vaccination rate reaching certain levels.
Yet, the government will revise the policies to see if there is any room for relaxing the measures, Lam continued, and pointed out that the Covid
curbs and school suspension will stay in place until April 20.
When asked about a recent study by the University of Hong Kong which challenged the effectiveness of banning restaurants from providing dine-in services after 6pm, Lam said she was shocked to hear the news.
She also said she has yet to finish reading the whole news article and has this morning received a declaration from Gabriel Leung, Dean of the university's Faculty of Medicine, saying the article tells only one side of the whole story.
Lam said citizens will take off their masks when eating at a restaurant and banning dinner services can clearly stop the spread of the coronavirus
, adding it is a logical decision.
On another note, Lam also noted that the government will not relax the quarantine rules for overseas travelers.
The quarantine order will only be lifted when the traveler tests negative using the rapid antigen testing kits on the sixth and seventh day at the isolation facility, just like Hong Kong citizens who have already received two doses of Covid
, she added.