“I think we need to care about the healthcare workers because right now they’re under a lot of workload, a lot of stress, they’re working their guts out, it’s also the flu season, so I think we need to give our utmost support to our healthcare workers to fight this battle, which I think will last at least a few weeks, if not, a few months.” – Dr Thomas Tsang, Former Controller of the Centre for Health Protection
On Monday, shortly after President Xi Jinping demanded “resolute efforts to curb the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus”, many more cases were reported on the mainland. As of Saturday evening, the official death toll for the virus stands at 41 people. Some 1,320 cases have been confirmed. Travel bans have been imposed on 16 cities in Hubei province including Wuhan.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has declared the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak an emergency, raising the government’s response to its highest level and rolling out a series of measures to prevent further infection, including the extension of school holidays and the implementation of health declarations at all entry points to Hong Kong.
I talked to Dr. Thomas Tsang, former Controller of the Centre for Health Protection, who’s known for his work combating bird and swine flu and indeed SARS which is very similar to this new virus.
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