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Time for LeaveHomeSafe check-in, 4-person public gathering ban to go, health expert says

Time for LeaveHomeSafe check-in, 4-person public gathering ban to go, health expert says

University of Hong Kong's microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said several of the city’s Covid rules, including the LeaveHomeSafe check-in requirement and the four-person public gathering ban, should be canceled as the spread of the coronavirus in the territory stabilizes.
Speaking on a radio program on Monday, the health expert said Hong Kong has been in the fight against Covid for over 1,000 days, with citizens hoping for a full-scale easing in the city’s Covid curbs, leaving behind minimal measures to prevent serious cases of Covid.

Ho said since Hong Kong implemented the vaccine pass arrangement, the LeaveHomeSafe contact tracing app is history, which should be canceled.

He also noted that the four-person gathering ban is unnecessary and is no longer scientifically justified as an anti-epidemic measure, however, he would respect authorities’ move to uphold the ban if the decision was made out of other administrative considerations.

Separately, Ho also pointed out that the multiple nucleic acid testing has been inconvenient for inbound travelers, which the testing should be replaced with rapid antigen tests.

He added that it is unlikely for vaccinated travelers to develop serious illnesses from Covid.
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