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Winter Solstice|Liang Zichao appeals to go out to celebrate the festival, pay attention to epidemic prevention and customs clearance will not increase the risk of epidemic prevention and control

2022-12-22T01:59:45.679Z


Today's winter solstice (22nd), a new round of anti-epidemic relaxation is implemented, and all walks of life are also concerned about when China and Hong Kong will fully clear customs. Liang Zichao, a specialist in respiratory system, said that although the epidemic situation in Hong Kong is currently at a relatively high level, it is still based on local conditions.


Today's winter solstice (22nd), a new round of anti-epidemic relaxation is implemented, and all walks of life are also concerned about when China and Hong Kong will fully clear customs.

Liang Zichao, a specialist in respiratory system, said that although the epidemic situation in Hong Kong is currently at a relatively high level, it is still dominated by local transmission, and the main reason affecting the spread of the epidemic in the mainland is the Spring Festival travel in the mainland. influences.

In addition to the new crown, Liang reminded that other respiratory diseases have increased risks, which have already imposed a burden on the medical system, and the risk of cross-infection in hospitals has worsened. Therefore, they should be handled with care. Consider relaxing some special epidemic prevention measures after winter, such as the mask order.


▼On December 13, the government announced the abolition of the Scan Safe Travel and Yellow Code system▼


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Liang Zichao said on a radio program this morning that the current epidemic situation in Hong Kong is dominated by local transmission, and the main reason for the spread of the epidemic in the Mainland is the Spring Festival travel season: "Whether customs clearance has basically no impact on the risk of epidemic prevention and control... Opening the switch will add negative The risks are not particularly high.” He mentioned that if the mainland wants to control the impact of Omicron, it is necessary to protect the elderly in the community who have not received injections or booster injections, especially in rural areas with poor facilities, and preparations must be made for patient triage and separation .

Cold weather in Hong Kong increases the risk of other respiratory diseases

He also said that the current epidemic situation in Hong Kong is at a relatively high level and is on the rise. The risk of other respiratory diseases will increase in cold winter weather, so we should still be careful. He believes that the relaxation of measures today is mainly due to economic factors, such as the relaxation of holidays, and the mood of some consumer industries. It will be better, and the public is urged to be careful when attending activities when the epidemic is high.

Liang Zichao, a specialist in respiratory system.

(File photo/Photo by Lin Ruoqin)

He emphasized that hospitals are currently under great pressure. There are more than 4,000 hospitalized cases of the new crown, and the number of new admissions is close to 500 per day. Patients with new crowns are treated in separate wards, and the risk of cross-infection in hospitals has increased sharply.

As for the short-term trend, Liang Zichao believes that this rebound is mainly due to the alternation of virus strains. At the beginning, BA.5 was the mainstay, and gradually the different branches of BA.2 and BA.5 accounted for half, but BQ1.1 or XBB still remained. No spread has been seen below 2%. It is believed that the current rebound is mainly caused by immune attenuation, as the secondary infection rate in residential care homes for the elderly has reached 46%.

He emphasized that the elderly and those with chronic illnesses have a higher mortality rate after infection, so these two types of people should be careful, especially those who have not been vaccinated.

▼September 1, Chuangzhi Middle School will start▼


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Liang Zichao: Consider withdrawing the mask order after winter

As for whether the mask order can be relaxed, Liang said that in recent years, studies have recognized that the new crown or some respiratory infectious diseases are airborne, so even if they are outdoors or indoors with good ventilation, there is a chance of transmission. Wearing a mask can provide 80% protection, greatly reducing the risk to 4%: "Surveillance shows that two people are walking one second apart. If you don't wear a mask properly, you may be infected within a few seconds... Both indoor and outdoor masks are important, and good ventilation does not mean there is no risk."

The cancellation of the daily quick test for students must be done step by step

He continued that the cancellation of the daily quick test arrangement for students must be done gradually, especially in kindergartens and elementary schools, or there may be younger children who have not received two doses of the vaccine. For children who have been given injections, the daily quick test for students should be relaxed step by step, but it is also expected that there will be a wave of spread by then.

▼On December 20, the government announced the relaxation of capacity restrictions on listed premises▼


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Li Xiayin, deputy director of the Medical and Health Bureau, announced that starting from this Thursday, some epidemic prevention measures will be withdrawn:

1 Removal of 85% capacity limit for catering establishments, bars, pubs and listed premises


2 Revocation of the upper limit on the number of people in banquet activities


3 Revocation of the rapid test requirements for bars, pubs, nightclubs, nightclubs, banquet attendees, and tourists participating in local tourism activities


4 Places of public entertainment and Food can be eaten in the outdoor area, Majong Tin Kau Playground, and the stadium


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