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HK Mulls Health Code Similar to China to Fight Covid, SCMP Says

A QR code for Covid-19 contact tracing at a subway station in Shanghai.

A QR code for Covid-19 contact tracing at a subway station in Shanghai.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Hong Kong is considering implementing a health code system similar to mainland China’s in a bid to contain Covid-19 without tightening social-distancing measures, South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, citing new health chief Lo Chung-mau.

Lo dismissed concerns that the proposed measure, which may require real-name registration, would be unpopular with Hong Kong people, arguing that it would enhance the freedoms of uninfected residents, the newspaper said, citing the secretary of health’s comments on a TV program.