Hong Kong should shorten its lengthiest quarantine period for close contacts and incoming travellers from 21 days to 14 to ease the strain on existing facilities amid a widening outbreak of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the government’s pandemic advisers have proposed.
Leading microbiologist Professor Yuen Kwok-yung said on Monday that the Omicron variant had a shorter incubation period, so a 21-day stint in quarantine was “not that necessary”.
“The chance of identifying a confirmed case between days 14 and 21 is very low,” the government’s top adviser told a radio programme.
On another programme, Professor David Hui Shu-cheong, a respiratory medicine expert from Chinese University, seconded the idea of shortening quarantine as the demand for isolation facilities was high. He also suggested more hotels could be used to quarantine close contacts.
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