Written by: Cui Zheng Zheng
2020-03-31 19:46Last updated: 2020-03-31 19:49
The outbreak of new coronavirus pneumonia continued, with 700 confirmed diagnoses in Hong Kong. The Director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases of the Centre for Health Protection, Dr. Zhang Zhujun, told a press conference today (31st) that a new small group outbreak in Hong Kong has occurred. Seven people visited the karaoke shop Red in Tsim Sha Tsui last Tuesday (24th). Mr "sings K" and 5 others were diagnosed.
The Hong Kong government implemented new regulations last Saturday (28th). From 6 pm on the same day, there are six types of venues that need to be closed, such as game consoles and fitness centers, but excluding karaoke stores.
Legislative Councilor Guo Jiaqi criticized the government for failing to shut down karaoke as a mistake, while two members of the government expert group Yuan Guoyong and Xu Shuchang believed that the government should consider closing the "K room". Executive Council member Tang Jiakun also suggested that the Government should actively consider closing karaoke and sparrow houses.
Xu Shuchang, a member of the government expert group and chair professor of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the Chinese University of Medical School, pointed out that "singing K" is a high-risk activity, because most people do not wear masks to sing, and it is easy to spread Hida. They may be sitting close together in the same room and air may not flow. He believes that although the current government has similar restrictions on karaoke to restaurants, the room cannot have more than four people, but it is not enough. He suggested that the government should consider closing the "K Room". "Although there are only four people, only one person has Viruses and Hida will be sprayed all around, which will be dangerous to waiters and karaoke staff. "
Click to unblock Party Room, but ban K Room
Guo Jiaqi, a legislative council member who is a doctor himself, pointed out that when the government announced that the restrictions on entertainment venues did not include karaoke, "it was unclear how to ban the Party Room but ban the" K room "? If it should be included from the perspective of risk management, but the canal (the government) starts from the regulations, it is the cart before the horse! He criticized the government's failure to shut down karaoke earlier. It is now necessary to close places like K House and Sparrow House, which are easy to gather people.
CUHK Respiratory Professor Xu Shuchang (Photo / Photo by Luo Junhao)
Tang Jiayu: Singing a lot of time, contacted, wearing a mask and singing again
Executive Council member Tang Jiakun also believed that the government should actively consider closing karaoke and sparrow houses. He pointed out that karaoke has more restaurant licenses rather than entertainment venue licenses. The venues that the government decided to close earlier did not include "K rooms". "It may feel that it is OK to follow the restaurant regulations, but it is worth studying (karaoke) The risk is too high. "He believes that it is necessary to suspend the operation of" K House "," Singing a lot of time, rising up, getting close, wearing a mask and singing again! "
He also believes that the Sparrow House should also be regulated. "Although four people play cards, they will be replaced every day, and gathering is more ideal than a restaurant." He pointed out that the government's new regulations have given power and can be renewed at any time. It is not difficult to add the designated place to the list of closed business, but you may need to consult the industry.
Executive Council Member Tang Jiazheng. (Profile picture)
Dr. Zhang Zhujun said that all gatherings are high-risk activities and citizens should keep social distance. Dr. Huang Jiaqing, director of the Center for Health Protection of the Department of Health, also pointed out that "unnecessary crowd gathering" should be considered carefully, and the government decides whether it needs to adjust the policy depending on the situation.
The "Prevention and Control of Diseases (Provisions and Instructions) (Business and Premises) Regulations" is gazetted. The regulations require that all premises listed in the Schedule be closed for business for 14 days from 6 pm on Saturday. They are game consoles, bathrooms, Fitness center, playground, public entertainment place, "party room". However, karaoke shops are not included.
The Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene has said that karaoke requires a face mask when not eating or drinking
The Secretary for Food and Health, Chen Zhaoshi, was asked about the arrangements at a press conference last Saturday, stating that karaoke had been considered, but karaoke holds a restaurant license, so the regulations for restaurants apply. At karaoke. She also said that premises that do not need to be closed do not mean that they are risk-free. The government is currently closing higher-risk premises for 14 days. At the time, the Director of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Liu Liqun, said that karaoke provided food and drinks. Therefore, restrictions on catering establishments, including no more than 4 people per table, and guests wearing masks when they were not eating, etc., also applied to karaoke. OK.
Dr. Zhang Zhujun said that all gatherings are high-risk activities and citizens should keep social distance. (Photo by Li Zetong)
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