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  • China - Government news outlet article: Shanghai citizen living in Hong Kong asking mainland "to save Hong Kong" in current COVID-19 outbreak - February 16, 2022

    Shanghainese under the epidemic in Hong Kong: I don't know if anyone around me is infected, I just ask the central government to save Hong Kong
    February 16, 2022 06:01

    Sina News Comprehensive

      Source: Shangguan News

      "Do you know what is the hardest thing to buy in Hong Kong right now? It's the new coronavirus antigen rapid detection kit." On the other end of the WeChat phone, Zhou Xiao, who was hiding at home and working at home, couldn't help laughing. To the test box. After more than two years of hard work, I returned to the pre-liberation overnight."

      From dozens of confirmed cases every day, to breaking 100 cases, then breaking 1,000, breaking 2,000, on the 15th, Hong Kong added 1,619 confirmed cases and 5,400 initial confirmed cases. The epidemic situation has never been so severe. Shanghai people living here for work, study, family and other reasons have felt unprecedented pressure, and they have also used their actions to witness and participate in the city's fight against the epidemic.

      Epidemic prevention situation takes a turn for the worse

      At the beginning of January this year, Zhou Xiao returned to Shanghai for vacation with a relatively relaxed mood. Although there were still a few sporadic cases in Hong Kong at the time, and even though the "14+7" quarantine was required when returning to Shanghai, she and the surrounding Hong Kong drifters believed that this was the last Spring Festival to be quarantined upon entry.

      Before the Cathay Pacific crew members "did the policy loopholes" to bring the Omicron virus strain into Hong Kong, the city of 7 million people maintained zero local infections for a long time, and the customs clearance arrangements with the mainland were also progressing in an orderly manner. Everything seems to be going in the desired direction.

      It's a pity that God didn't want it. Since mid-January, with the successive emergence of confirmed cases of Omikron, the risk of the fifth round of community transmission in Hong Kong has been increasing day by day. Coupled with the gathering and flow of people during the Spring Festival, when Zhou Xiao returned to Hong Kong with mixed feelings on February 6, the number of confirmed cases on that day had exceeded 300.

      "Obviously, Hong Kong's own testing capabilities have been unable to keep up." According to the SAR's epidemic prevention regulations, in addition to the first nucleic acid test at the airport, Zhou Xiao also has to conduct three tests on the third, fifth and twelfth days: The test is good on the third day, and the result is obtained in 7 hours; the test is good on the fifth day, and the result is obtained after a day and a half. Even so, Zhou Xiao still feels very lucky. Because of the reservation in advance, she does not have to wait in a long line with other citizens to wait for the "same-day fundraising (the fund can be tested on the spot on the same day)". Some colleagues around her go to the line at 9 am and wait until noon. No turn at 12 o'clock.

      "In the past, Hong Kong people were waiting in line for elevators and buses, but now they are waiting in line for nucleic acid tests." Zhu Ying, a "post-90s" Hong Kong drifter, found in the past few days that there were disabled people in wheelchairs in the queue waiting in front of the test point. There is also an old man on crutches, waiting tremblingly. In Zhu Ying's view, even if Hong Kong people don't care about long queues, there is an objective risk of secondary transmission. She took the Shek Tong Tsui Gymnasium Testing Center she went to as an example, which is next to the densely populated Shek Tong Tsui Market. "So many people are gathered together, and the testing speed is so slow, so everyone wants to buy a rapid test kit to test at home, but the store has long been unable to buy it."

      Even so, Zhu Ying, who is alone in Hong Kong, still feels relatively lucky. "A colleague from mainland China said to me, 'If you have it, you will get it. What if your wife and child get it?'" Zhu Ying introduced that the colleague originally wanted to wait for the customs to go back with the whole family, but now the situation has taken a turn for the worse. It was hard to find, and he was afraid of the risks on the way back to Shanghai by plane, so his wife and daughter had to hide at home in Hong Kong.

      "Life always goes on"

      Now that I have decided to stay in Hong Kong, I have to face this turbulent epidemic. The interviewed Hong Kong drifters all mentioned that since the local population has not been tested, you have no way of knowing whether the people around you have been "stricken" when the epidemic is everywhere. Zhu Ying said that her friend's colleague has been diagnosed, and this friend is now asked by the company to work from home.

      "You can only contact people as little as possible and keep a safe distance." Since the commuting distance is not far, Zhu Ying now chooses to walk to and from get off work, and take the seaside walk in the Western Ring Road, because it is relatively empty and the air moves fast. She doesn't want to take the bus, because there is no need to register for the "Safe Travel" code to take the bus, and even if she becomes a close contact, no one will notify her; she also doesn't want to take the subway, because many MTR employees have been diagnosed, and one woman only met the case. After 9 seconds, he was unfortunately "hit".

      The impact of the epidemic is gradually emerging. "A small cauliflower costs more than 50 yuan (Hong Kong dollars), are you exaggerating?" Zhou Xiao, a self-proclaimed "herbivore", said that he couldn't afford it. In the evening of last week, she walked into the supermarket "fully armed", and found that the green leafy vegetable stalls were already sold. However, she noticed that as the mainland has increased the guarantee of fresh supplies to Hong Kong in the past few days, the price of vegetables has gradually stabilized.

      Compared with the short-term stress of vegetables and long queues waiting for testing, it is more difficult for Hong Kong people to endure "holding it for a long time". "Hong Kong people are social animals." Anna, who returned to work in Hong Kong after studying at university in Shanghai, admitted that there were zero confirmed cases in the local area in the second half of last year, and Hong Kong people have regained the feeling of gathering together with friends. "Now social activities are completely gone, everyone. I can only communicate online, but it’s not enjoyable.” She originally planned to have a hot pot with more than 10 friends, but Hong Kong restaurants no longer allow dine-in after 6 pm, so she had to divide her friends into several batches and invite them to their homes reunion.

      "But we Hong Kong people have too small houses, so we always have to go out on weekends to get some air. Now all the entertainment venues are closed, so we can only go to the suburbs to climb the mountain." Anna thought about it and chose to stay at home, "Many people don't wear it when climbing the mountain. Masks. To be honest, I'm still a little worried."

      As a Hong Kong native, Anna told reporters that Hong Kong is narrow and densely populated. Hong Kong citizens who have been closed for more than two years and have experienced five rounds of epidemics gradually have a mentality of "when will you be a head" and "the road ahead is boundless". Some pessimistic citizens are ready to sell their houses to live elsewhere; while more optimistic citizens will hoard a lot of supplies, believing that if they take protective measures and have been vaccinated, they will definitely be able to survive. "After all, life has to go on. "

      continue to choose to stay in Hong Kong

      In the interview, Zhou Xiao and Zhu Ying both mentioned that some Hong Kong citizens have a new understanding of the new crown virus due to the outbreak of the epidemic.

      "Some friends around me originally insisted that it was just a big flu, and they were fine for a few days, and they didn't take it seriously at all. In the past few days, there have been deaths and critically ill patients in the news, and everyone started to get nervous. ." Zhu Ying found that when she saw that the few cases had not been vaccinated, some friends quietly went to ask for leave for injections.

      Zhou Xiao mentioned that the calm in Hong Kong in the second half of last year made some Hong Kong people a little slack, and some people even did not wear masks seriously on the street. "No one should be lucky now."

      Even so, the Hong Kong epidemic has not shown any signs of being under control in the past few days. Several epidemiological experts have estimated that this round of epidemic may not reach its peak until next month. There is also an analysis that the sudden increase in the number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong during this period is because more citizens are now being tested, which is much better than the fact that positive cases continue to "hide" in the community.

      At the same time, Hong Kong has to face two major problems: First, the speed of testing cannot keep up. The SAR government is doing everything possible to increase the testing force. The "Huoyan Laboratory", which can perform more than 300,000 tests per day, was put into use on the 15th; second , there are not enough isolation places, and some young or mild patients are required to be isolated at home, but the housing conditions in Hong Kong are very cramped, and there is a risk of family transmission.

      "Now we must rely on the central government and the mainland to support Hong Kong and save Hong Kong. As long as you do not have prejudice against the mainland, you will definitely feel the same." Zhu Ying believes that in the face of the epidemic that is spreading like wildfire, Hong Kong is obviously more than enough. Insufficient strength, unable to control the epidemic on my own, "Before my family called me, and while telling me to pay attention to safety, they tentatively asked me if I wanted to resign and go back to Shanghai."

      Zhu Ying was also hesitant. On the 12th, the good news came that the central government decided to send an expert team to Hong Kong to assist the work, dispatch nucleic acid testing personnel to Hong Kong, assist in the construction of community isolation and treatment facilities, provide medical supplies such as rapid antigen test kits, and ensure fresh food, vegetables and other medical supplies. Daily necessities are supplied to Hong Kong.

      Zhu Ying called her family on the 14th and decided to continue to develop in Hong Kong. On the one hand, she has developed a relationship after studying and living in Hong Kong for so many years, and she has also accumulated a good career. On the other hand, she believes that she has the support of the central government , Hong Kong can gradually get out of this round of the epidemic, and she is willing to continue to "go through", go out less, maintain social distance, and wait for the day when the epidemic eases.

      "As for customs clearance with the mainland, no one has mentioned it now." She said quietly on the other end of the phone.


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    Government announces latest situation of fresh food supply from Mainland
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    A Government spokesman announced today (February 17) that the vegetable supply from the Mainland increased by around 10 per cent while the supply of other fresh food remained steady yesterday (February 16).

    According to the latest information, the throughput volume of vegetables from the Mainland for supply to the local market through the wholesale markets of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) and the Vegetable Marketing Organization yesterday (as at midnight) increased over the day before, and stood at about 12 190 piculs (equivalent to about 738 000 kilograms), around 80 per cent of the volume of a normal day. The overall wholesale price continued to drop. The supply of chilled poultry and meat imported yesterday was around 60 per cent of that of a normal day. It is believed that the supply of the above-mentioned fresh food will gradually increase when the operation of the control point returns to normal. The supply of live pigs is operating as usual.

    The AFCD will update and publish the fresh food supply information daily. Members of the public may visit the AFCD website for updates on daily supplies and wholesale prices of fresh food. (

    Ends/Thursday, February 17, 2022
    Issued at HKT 16:20


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        Hong Kong welcomes the mainland expert group, and Carrie Lam meets at Shenzhen Bay Port

        2022-02-18 01:54:17

        [Global Times reporter Ye Lan] In the face of the severe epidemic in Hong Kong, the mainland sent the first batch of epidemiological experts and mobile nucleic acid testing vehicles to support Hong Kong's fight against the epidemic on the 17th. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor greeted him at the Shenzhen Bay Port.

        According to Hong Kong media reports, Wang Hesheng, deputy director of the National Health and Health Commission and director of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, led a team to Shenzhen on the 16th to participate in the Mainland to support Hong Kong's anti-epidemic work coordination meeting; on the 17th, an expert working group meeting was held to guide Guangdong Province to dispatch the first team on the same day. A group of experts and a mobile nucleic acid detection vehicle were sent to Hong Kong. According to the report, the members of the expert group who went to Hong Kong this time have very rich experience in epidemiological investigations, including Kang Min, director of the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and deputy director of the data analysis team of the Guangzhou New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control Special Class. Team leader Chen Chun, Zhongshan CDC expert Chen Xueqin, etc. They are experienced, proficient in Cantonese and English, and familiar with Hong Kong society. Among them, the leader of the expert group, Kang Min, is a "post-80s" and graduated from the School of Public Health of Sun Yat-sen University. He has successfully participated in the handling of MERS cases in Guangdong, the first human infection of H5N1 avian influenza in Guangdong, and the first human infection of H7N9 avian influenza. New and sudden outbreaks. After they arrive in Hong Kong, they will first find out the epidemic situation as soon as possible, do a good job in epidemic analysis, and provide professional advice to help Hong Kong control the epidemic as soon as possible.

        Picture source of the members of the expert group going to Hong Kong: released by Shenzhen
        Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on the 17th that the epidemic situation is becoming more and more serious, and in response to the epidemic situation, we must adhere to the concept, fight the battle calmly, and maintain confidence. The source of confidence is the country's solid support for Hong Kong and the special administrative region government's strategy of strict prevention and control of the epidemic . According to a report by Sing Tao Daily on the 17th, Wang Linglai, senior vice president of Guangzhou Jinyu Medical Group, said on the 16th that Jinyu is preparing to start upgrading measures, deploying additional testing personnel and adding two to three air membrane laboratories in Hong Kong. The target detection volume can be increased from the current 70,000 to 200,000 per day. KingMed has more than 70 testing personnel in Hong Kong, and its nucleic acid testing capacity has increased from an average of 36,000 to 70,000 a day, accounting for 1/3 of the current Hong Kong production capacity. Zhong Yuhua, general manager of Guangzhou Geyun Foods, said that in order to ensure the timely supply of food to Hong Kong, he has taken the initiative to contact Hong Kong supermarket chains and airlines to prepare more than two months of purchase inventory in advance, and adjust the company's production plan. More than 100 people have been allocated since last month. employees to produce food for Hong Kong to ensure sufficient supply to Hong Kong. The Special Administrative Region government spokesman said on the 17th that the supply of vegetables entering Hong Kong from the mainland on the 16th increased by about 10%, and the supply of other fresh food remained stable.

        The epidemic in Hong Kong is still spreading. Zhang Zhujun, director of the Infectious Diseases Division of the Center for Health Protection, announced on the 17th that there were 6,116 new confirmed cases that day, of which 6,107 were local cases and more than 6,300 were initially confirmed cases. Ho Wan-xia, chief administrative manager of the Hospital Authority, revealed that there are currently 2,866 patients in treatment facilities, 2,100 patients are being quarantined in Penny's Bay, and 24 patients have passed away. From the 18th, RTHK deployed all 32 RTHK TV stations as anti-epidemic stations, and released anti-epidemic information 24 hours a day.
        A number of Legislative Council members urged the SAR government to control the epidemic in various ways as soon as possible . Legislative Council member Leung Mei-fun believes that there is now a sufficient legal basis to bring in mainland medical staff to assist Hong Kong people with vaccination and treatment. Ye Liu Shuyi, a member of the Executive Council, said that the outbreak of the epidemic has caused casualties and economic losses to Hong Kong in the past two years. Carrie Lam also said on the 17th that when testing capabilities are available, universal testing is a consideration, but detailed planning is required.
        The Toutiao revealed on the 17th that the Hong Kong government has decided to start a nationwide compulsory test for 7.5 million people in Hong Kong in March. Those who fail to take the test will be fined HK$10,000, but they do not need to be confined . A source said that if Hong Kong wants to increase its testing capacity, it will import more equipment and technical personnel from the mainland and establish more Fire Eye laboratories, but it will take more time. Now that the time is tight, it is the most reasonable approach to send some samples to Shenzhen for testing.