Chief Executive Carrie Lam said it is impossible for the government to introduce a point-based system to decide who gets to travel quarantine-free to mainland first, as it would be difficult to decide whether one case is more urgent than another.
The idea of vetting each case by its urgency was put forward by the Society for Community Organisation (Soco), but Lam said it would only create chaos.
"Relevant work needs the co-operation of all members of the public, through the spirit of a civil society. Because everyone can imagine, it's impossible for us to do a detailed vetting system going through every case, counting the points," the CE told reporters before attending the weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.
Having announced last week that businesspeople will be first in the queue when quarantine-free travel with the mainland resumes, Lam now stressed her government will also fight for travel quota for the needy.
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