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Mutant virus | Xu Shuchang: The government should consider whether it needs to require Filipino domestic helpers to be vaccinated before they can come to Hong Kong

2021-04-06T05:37:41.424Z

There are a total of 173 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia with a variant virus in Hong Kong, and more than 40% of the patients are from the Philippines. Xu Shuchang, a government expert consultant and chair professor of the Department of Respiratory System of Chinese University, believes that if flights are prohibited



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2021-04-06 13:19

Last update date: 2021-04-06 13:27

There are a total of 173 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia with a variant virus in Hong Kong, and more than 40% of the patients are from the Philippines.

Xu Shuchang, a government expert consultant and chair professor of the Department of Respiratory System at Chinese University, believes that if flights from the Philippines are banned, it may affect Hong Kong people's employment of foreign domestic helpers.

Xu Shuchang suggested that the government consider whether to ask the intermediary company to arrange for the Filipino helper to take injections locally before they can board the plane to work in Hong Kong.

He also pointed out that the number of confirmed diagnoses has been low recently, or due to the drop in testing during the holiday period, the community is not very safe, and it is necessary to pay close attention to whether there is a rebound in one or two weeks after the holiday.

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As of yesterday, there were a total of 173 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia with a variant virus in Hong Kong, of which 71 were British variants, 20 were South African variants, 5 were Brazilian variants, 65 were unclassified, and 12 could not be classified.

The origin of these 173 cases is mostly the Philippines. Yesterday, Zhang Zhujun, director of the Infectious Diseases Division of the Health Protection Center, pointed out that of the 173 cases, 73 cases were from the Philippines, or about 42%; another 35 cases were from Pakistan and 13 cases were from India. .

Xu Shuchang met reporters today (6th) after receiving the second dose of BioNTech/Fosun's Fubitel vaccine at Zhongda Hospital, saying that if flights from the Philippines are banned, it may affect Hong Kong people's employment of foreign domestic helpers.

He suggested that the government consider whether it should ask the intermediary company to arrange for the Filipino helpers to get injections locally before they can come to Hong Kong to work.

Of the 173 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia with a variant virus in Hong Kong, 73 were from the Philippines, or about 42%.

(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Xu Shuchang: It is now the fourth wave of "water tails" to clear the epidemic prevention measures should not be relaxed

Xu Shuchang also said that there are local cases with unknown origins about the next day, indicating that the community still has an invisible transmission chain, which is not very safe. In addition, there are five days during the Easter holiday. Many government outpatient clinics and private doctors are closed, and the amount of testing is reduced. As a result, the number of confirmed diagnoses has also dropped, and we need to pay close attention to whether there is a rebound in one or two weeks after the holiday.

Xu Xu said that at this stage, it belongs to the fourth wave of "water tail". If there is no abnormal group leading to a large-scale outbreak, the epidemic will be more likely to be "cleared."

He said that the anti-epidemic measures should not be relaxed. If the government intends to clear the zeros, it should clear zeros with the greatest effort now. He believes that customs can be cleared after the zeros are cleared.

Xu Shuchang pointed out that the number of confirmed diagnoses has been low recently, or due to the drop in testing during the holiday period, the community is not very safe. It is necessary to pay close attention to whether there is a rebound in one or two weeks after the holiday.

(Information Picture/Photographed by Li Zetong)

Xu Shuchang said that with the re-injection of Bitel vaccine, the vaccination numbers can be "tracked back". When asked whether the vaccination threshold should be relaxed to people aged 16 to 30, he said that older people are at risk of developing new coronary pneumonia. The higher it is, the less severe the illness is for people under 30. Whether or not the threshold is lowered depends on the supply of vaccines and the reaction of the public after the re-fighting.

He added that both BioNTech vaccine and Kexing vaccine can cope with common viruses, but if a variant virus is introduced into Hong Kong, the transmission power will be 60 to 70% higher, and the efficacy of the vaccine will be greatly reduced. "BioNTech vaccine can cope with the South African variant, but an antibody The level has dropped a lot," but Kexing Vaccine has no complete data.

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