, Hong Kong
Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan

HK allows home quarantine for carriers of 3 Omicron sub-variants

However, patients can only opt for home isolation if they fulfill relevant requirements.
Patients carrying Omicron sub-variants BA.2.12.1, BA.4 and BA.5 will no longer be required to isolate in government-run facilities and can now just undergo home quarantine, the Centre for Health Protection Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan announced on 20 July.
The same rule applies for the close contacts of patients, Chuang added.
However, Chuang said patients can only opt for home isolation if they fulfil relevant requirements and their household environment is suitable.
“Such arrangements will be the same as those for other Omicron cases,” the medical expert said.
As of 18 July, Hong Kong has 1,093 cases carrying the Omicron sub-lineage BA.2.12.1 and 372 involving the sub-lineages BA.4 and BA.5.
“The World Health Organization noted that there is no severity signal among the BA.5 subvariant. The BA.5 subvariant has a growth advantage over other sub-variants but we have not observed any increase in severity among those patients suffering from it,” Chuang said.

READ MORE: HK mulls further easing of COVID restrictions in May

Follow the link for more news on

Join Hong Kong Business community
Since you're here...

...there are many ways you can work with us to advertise your company and connect to your customers. Our team can help you dight and create an advertising campaign, in print and digital, on this website and in print magazine.

We can also organize a real life or digital event for you and find thought leader speakers as well as industry leaders, who could be your potential partners, to join the event. We also run some awards programmes which give you an opportunity to be recognized for your achievements during the year and you can join this as a participant or a sponsor.

Let us help you drive your business forward with a good partnership!