[Editor’s note: The Government press conference on the first day of the Lunar New Year said Wuhan pneumonia share similar severity as SARS; however, the preventive measures announced by the government are far less comprehensive than SARS. It was found that the authorities even allowed Chinese visitors with fever enter HK.]
Frontline Physicians Alliance condemned the Hong Kong Government for its failure to learn from the 2003 SARS outbreak and to prevent the spread of Wuhan pneumonia on the community level.
Government officials even claimed that “there is no need to wear facemasks in day-to-day scenarios” while the government even granted 7 days of free access on the HK-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge Link.
The Hong Kong Government’s inadequate awareness of the seriousness of the outbreak is reflected from the lack of government-driven preventive measures in Hong Kong.
The Alliance called for raising the alert level in public hospitals, ensuring ample supply of facemasks and suspending Chinese visitors’ entry to Hong Kong.