Well, unlike other forum members here from Hong Kong, I maintain my objectivity.
Aviasian: Yes, that’s right. HK
led the research & first identified the virus. Ironically it was because there was a much wider variety of cases here than anywhere else (except for China of course, but China’s educational & medical institutions are not as experienced or as capable as HK
’s in the area of virus research).
I think once the SAR government saw how fast the Singapore government was dealing with the outbreak, and how much praise they were receiving from the WHO & the foreign media, they finally decided to speed up the process.
Ryanair!!!: There hasn’t been a day where the HK
government hasn’t reported new cases, unfortunately! The infection rate has been on a solid downward trend for the last 2-3 weeks, and figures for new cases have stood at less than 10 for the duration of that time period. Furthermore, the number of people being discharged daily has also been far higher than the number of new cases daily for the last month.
There were only 3 new SARS cases today.
As for the controversy surrounding the Tung administration’s handling of the outbreak, it’s nothing new & it’s the same thing we’ve been seeing ever since the handover; the pro-democracy camp regularly criticizing the SAR government for just about every reason imaginable! And in this case, the way the government dealt with the SARS situation. At first, many people were upset because of the HK
government’s lax attitude towards the outbreak, but most people are now satisfied with the government as the administration subsequently improved its handling of the situation; more openness, stricter quarantine rules, and so on, and the results show that (i.e. a decline in the infection rate & spread of the virus). Besides, no one gives a damn about politics now anyway.
Things are slowly returning to normal here, and the most telling factor of this is that more & more people in HK
are shedding their masks!