[Commentary] On February 21, Zhong Nanshan, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, specially recorded a video to cheer on Hong Kong citizens.

In response to the epidemic in Hong Kong, Zhong Nanshan emphasized: "We will not tolerate natural infection leading to a large number of elderly deaths, so our policy is still to strive for dynamic clearing."

  [Concurrent] Zhong Nanshan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

  The crude death rate in Hong Kong is now 0.15%. If a large number of people over the age of 60 are infected, the death rate will increase significantly. My personal opinion is that no matter what political views you have, but in the fight against the virus , the highest human right is human life, a healthy life.

Different from some western countries, the guiding ideology of the treatment of COVID-19 in mainland China and Hong Kong SAR is "life first, health first", we will not tolerate natural infection leading to a large number of elderly deaths, so our policy is still to strive for dynamic clearing .

  [Commentary] Zhong Nanshan introduced that Omi Keron has mild symptoms and a low mortality rate, which is close to seasonal influenza, so citizens should not be too worried.

However, it is far more harmful than influenza. First, it is highly contagious, and second, the mortality rate of people over 60 years old will increase significantly.

Zhong Nanshan put forward three suggestions for Hong Kong. First, preventing transmission is the key, second, strengthening vaccination, and third, stocking drug treatment.

  [Concurrent] Zhong Nanshan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

  First, preventing transmission is the key.

The most important thing is to separate the sick and healthy people. Those who have been diagnosed cannot stay at home and must be isolated separately.

There are indeed some difficulties encountered in Hong Kong at present, but I believe this difficulty is temporary.

As far as I know, the SAR government and the central government are speeding up the establishment of makeshift hospitals in Penny's Bay, Kai Tak Pier and other places. Being able to cut off this link is extremely crucial for Hong Kong to control the epidemic as soon as possible.

Second, to strengthen vaccination, the elderly must receive a third dose of vaccination, which can greatly reduce the fatality rate.

Third, the necessary drug treatment reserves.

  [Commentary] Zhong Nanshan called for strengthening unity and cooperation. He believes that with the support of the central government, the mainland, and the most important thing is the efforts of the SAR government, we will definitely overcome the difficulties and win the fifth wave of anti-epidemic victory.

  [Concurrent] Zhong Nanshan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

  We need to strengthen unity and cooperation.

All government departments, the business community, public and private hospitals, and the general public must unite and cooperate in the fight against the new crown.

I fully believe that there is support from the central government and the mainland, including nucleic acid testing, rapid antigen detection reagents, cooperation in the establishment of makeshift hospitals, medical staff support, etc., and more importantly, the efforts and leadership of the SAR government.

With these, we will definitely overcome the difficulties together and win the fifth wave of anti-epidemic.

  Reporter He Junjie Cai Minjie reports from Guangzhou

Responsible editor: [Luo Pan]

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