In a recent report to Beijing, the Hong Kong government spoke of the plan to assist the pro-Beijing camp to gain political power from the epidemic. By applying an iron fist to fight off the coronavirus as well as “social unrest”, the political agenda of the Beijing and the Hong Kong authorities is obvious, but not without flaws and uncertainties.
In any case, the actual situation of the epidemic in China could never be known, not even to the Director General of WHO, Mr Tedros Adhanom who has been convincing the world with his double negation logic that epidemic is inevitable but safely under control.
However, on March 11, 2020, WHO declared the state of the pandemic, as over 118,000 cases of Wuhan Pneumonia grow exponentially in over 110 countries and territories around the world.
In this regard, the experience of SARS expert Joseph J.Y. Sung, a medical professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, might speak more truth. Comparing to his experience in combating SARS in 2003, Hong Kong is facing a much more difficult situation in 2019 due to the inadequate supply of protective equipment.
Given that Hong Kong is already better equipped than in China, Dr. Sung’s citing of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” is perhaps the best thing to say to the medical workers in Hong Kong as well as in China.