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Covid-19: Hong Kong malls may see vaccine pass spot checks; CityU warns 250,000 could be infected in fifth wave


Law enforcement may carry out spot checks on people’s vaccination records in malls, department stores, supermarkets and wet markets once the “vaccine pass” is implemented, according to a Hong Kong official. However, unvaccinated people who must access malls to go home or go to work will not be treated as violating the rules.

Meanwhile, a university study has estimated that around 250,000 Hongkongers will be infected in the city’s fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, with case numbers not reaching their peak until late February or March.

A citizen scans the contact-tracing LeaveHomeSafe code in a wetmarket. File photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

New “vaccine pass” measures announced on Tuesday will come into effect on February 24. Permanent Secretary for Food and Health Thomas Chan said on Commercial Radio on Wednesday morning that law enforcement may conduct spot checks at malls, supermarkets, wet markets and department stores.

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