MPs hear why Hong Kong had no Covid-19 care home deaths

Posted by on May 19, 2020 10:00 am
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Prof Terry Lum tells of strict infection control measures that were ignored in the UK

Hong Kong has recorded zero deaths in care homes from Covid-19 by employing strict infection control measures that were ignored in the UK, MPs were told on Tuesday as the death toll from the virus in English and Welsh care homes reached almost 15,000.

Despite sharing a border with China, Prof Terry Lum, head of social care policy at Hong Kong University, told the UK parliament’s health and social care select committee that Hong Kong treated the outbreak like Sars, the killer virus that hit Asia in 2003 and saved lives. By contrast, the UK’s response was based on planning for a flu pandemic.

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