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Commuters in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay. The city has been reporting daily Covid caseloads of more than 20,000. Photo: Edmond So

Commuters in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay. The city has been reporting daily Covid caseloads of more than 20,000. Photo: Edmond So

Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s Covid count could be up to 200,000, HKU experts say while arguing risks from reopening border with mainland China are small

  • Researchers make estimate based on 10,000 residents tested per week
  • Virologist Jin Dongyan says with Covid already becoming endemic, imported infections from the mainland may not cause feared surge in cases

Sammy Heung

Updated: 8:56pm, 3 Jan, 2023

Commuters in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay. The city has been reporting daily Covid caseloads of more than 20,000. Photo: Edmond So

Commuters in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay. The city has been reporting daily Covid caseloads of more than 20,000. Photo: Edmond So

Corrected [8:52pm, 3 Jan, 2023]

  • [8:52pm, 3 Jan, 2023]

    This story has been updated to clarify that Professor Jin Dongyan’s figure of 150,000 to 200,000 referred to the estimated number of currently infected residents overall, not the daily number of new cases.

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