Hong Kong won’t tighten virus curbs before July 1 despite rising Covid cases because hospitals aren’t overwhelmed, the city’s outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam said.
“The increase in number of positive cases has not brought unbearable pressure on the health care system and that’s attributable to the nature of omicron,” Lam said Tuesday at the final weekly press conference of her term that ends June 30.
Hong Kong reported 737 new infections Monday, down from more than 800 on Saturday and Sunday, but more than double the figures from May.
Based on that situation, “until the end of June, we will not make any significant adjustments or relaxations” to virus curbs, she said, adding that the city still needed to be “cautious” about imported cases and maintain measures such as mask wearing and limitations on large gatherings.
Lam also said Hong Kong needs to find a balance between the “dual objectives” of relaxing the international border controls that are key to its reputation as a financial hub and creating the right conditions to resume quarantine-free travel with the mainland.
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