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Hong Kong’s New Health Chief Staunchly Defends Covid Zero

  • Lo earlier said living with virus would ‘get us all killed’
  • Business community pushing Hong Kong to ease restrictions
Lo Chung-mau
Lo Chung-mauPhotographer: David Wong/South China Morning Post/Getty Images
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For Hong Kong residents hoping the city will end its strict quarantine policies soon, the city’s new health secretary isn’t likely to inspire confidence. 

Lo Chung-mau, approved by Beijing over the weekend as part of new Chief Executive John Lee’s Cabinet, made headlines in February saying that Hong Kong needed to maintain Covid Zero because living with the virus would “get us all killed.” At the time, he said the US and Europe were only easing restrictions because they failed to control Covid-19.