Severe restrictions and further tightening of vaccination rules in Hong Kong has continued after the city confirmed a first Omicron cluster.
There are fears of a wider community outbreak, after Hong Kong’s leader on Tuesday made the development public.
Considering the rules, Chief Executive, Carrie Lam who spoke at a news conference said, from February 24, unvaccinated people will not be allowed to enter venues including museums, public libraries and schools.
Speaking further, Lam stated that the government will also require school principals and teachers to get inoculated, as It is not yet decided whether students will be required to be vaccinated.
At the moment, the government currently has no plans to apply the tightened vaccination rules to private workplaces or shopping malls, Lam said.
On the Lagging vaccination rate, Hong Kong authorities have struggled to encourage higher vaccination rates all year, particularly among the reluctant elderly.
While nearly 73% have received their first dose, the Centre for Health Protection also revealed that just under 70% of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people are fully vaccinated.
Alongside mainland China, Hong Kong is one of the few places, to still use a zero-Covid approach.