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Withdrawal of the quarantine order | 2.87 million people diagnosed with 13,000 deaths in 3 years of the epidemic


[Quarantine Order/Mask Order] The government announced that it will revoke the quarantine order for people diagnosed with new coronary pneumonia starting from Monday (January 30). Those who are diagnosed are no longer required to report on the online platform. As for the community isolation facilities, they will continue to operate in the short term

[Isolation Order/Mask Order] The government announced that it will revoke the isolation order for confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia from Monday (January 30). Those who are diagnosed do not need to report on the online platform. As for the community isolation facilities, they will continue to operate in the short term. The new measures mark that Hong Kong is moving further towards "return to normal".

In the past three years, Hong Kong has experienced five waves of epidemics. A total of more than 2.87 million people have been diagnosed and more than 13,000 people have died. In response to the epidemic, the Hong Kong government has successively introduced restrictions on gatherings, mask orders, mandatory testing, safe travel, and vaccine passports. The measures will be greatly relaxed at the end of 2022, and the customs clearance with the mainland will be officially completed in early 2023.

This article uses multiple sets of data to review the trend of infection, death cases, vaccination rate, and strictness of epidemic prevention measures in Hong Kong.

As for the prospect of the "return to normal" process, there is a number that is very critical!

On February 16, 2022, more than a dozen hospital beds were placed in the open-air temporary waiting area of ​​Caritas Hospital. Most of the people lying on them were the elderly, and some of them had to be covered with warm blankets.

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Hong Kong recorded its first imported case of COVID-19 on January 23, 2020. So far, it has experienced five waves of epidemics. Among them, the fifth wave and the Omicron epidemic are the most serious. The peak single-day confirmed cases on March 3, 2022 can reach 76,991 .

Afterwards, the number of confirmed cases continued to decrease, and increased in the second half of the year due to the gradual relaxation of epidemic prevention restrictions. At the end of 2022, the number of confirmed cases rose to 29,000. The Hong Kong government stopped issuing mandatory building inspection announcements on December 24 last year. The number of confirmed cases also continued to decrease.

▼February 16, 2022 Waiting for admission in the open-air waiting area of ​​Pok Oi Hospital▼

At the beginning of 2022, the Omicron epidemic severely hit high-risk groups such as the elderly in institutions, and the number of deaths soared. In March 2022, there were more than 200 deaths in a single day for consecutive days.

In the end, more than 13,000 people died in the fifth wave of the epidemic, of which more than 40% and more than 6,000 people were residents of institutions.

The Hong Kong government launched the new crown vaccination program in February 2021, but the early vaccination rate was low.

From late April of the same year, the restaurants under "Vaccine Bubble" began to operate according to the "ABCD" category. In the second half of the year, the business community launched a number of lucky draws to encourage citizens to get vaccinated.

Starting from February 24, 2022, the vaccination pass will be implemented in stages. Citizens must bring or show a needle card when entering various places. The measure will remain until December 28 of the same year, during which the third vaccination rate will rise to about 80%.

Most citizens in Hong Kong have been vaccinated against the new crown.

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Using the "Stringency Index" developed by Oxford University's Epidemic Government Policy Tracking System, it is possible to review the degree of tightness of Hong Kong's epidemic prevention measures in the past three years.

Among them, the most stringent period is naturally the severe stage of the epidemic from March to April 2022. At that time, in addition to the continuous implementation of the restriction order, mask order, mandatory testing, safe travel, etc., plus the new vaccine pass, rapid test reporting platform, etc., the prevention of Control index rose to the highest level.

By December 28, 2022, the Hong Kong government announced the withdrawal of most of the epidemic prevention measures; on January 30, 2023, the isolation order for confirmed cases officially became history, and only the mask order was still in force, and the prevention and control index fell to a new low.

In January 2022, there will be long queues at nucleic acid testing stations in various districts in Hong Kong, and citizens will still have to wait in line for testing on cold windy nights.

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Hong Kong is gradually moving towards "return to normal", and it is even said that the mask order will be further withdrawn in March. However, the government reminded that the current vaccination rate of "one old and one young" has not yet reached the standard, and pointed out that about 75% of Hong Kong's people under the age of 3 Young children, as well as about 28% of the elderly aged 80 or over, have not yet received their first dose of vaccine, and they are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

As the new crown pneumonia is gradually regarded as an "endemic", many experts advocate switching to vaccination as the main anti-epidemic measure, especially for high-risk groups such as the elderly and chronically ill.

Data from the fifth wave of the epidemic shows that the infection mortality rate of the elderly is relatively high. The infection mortality rate of the elderly who have only received one injection or who have not received an injection is as high as 12.4%, and the mortality rate of the elderly who have received two or more injections can be reduced to 3.1%.

In 2022, there are outbreaks of epidemics in many nursing homes for the elderly in Hong Kong, and many elderly people have died of the epidemic. The situation is cause for concern.

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When will the Hong Kong government revoke the new crown pneumonia quarantine arrangement?

The government will revoke the arrangement for issuing quarantine orders to people diagnosed with the new crown from midnight on January 30, 2023. For more details, please click...

In the 3 years since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, how many confirmed cases and deaths have been caused in Hong Kong?

From January 23, 2019 to January 30, 2023, Hong Kong has recorded more than 2.8 million confirmed cases and more than 13,000 deaths. For more epidemic figures, please click...

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