The United States is urging its citizens to “Reconsider Travel” in the latest travel advisory for US citizens.
Commentator: Even with the incident in which a mother and her child were forcibly separated after entering quarantine, there is still no visible sign of the Hong Kong government taking any steps to look into such tragedies.
Commentator Simon Lee says the Hong Kong government is no longer under media scrutiny. So there is no limit and Hong Kong will suffer from his actions.
The US travel alert for Hong Kong is now at Level 3 “Reconsider Travel”. It specifically mentions that if children are diagnosed, they may be separated from their parents.
Simon Lee Sai-man, a political and economic commentator, said the current Hong Kong administration could act recklessly when there is no longer media monitoring. No wonder HK is placed under the travel warning category by the US, all because of the lack of restraint.
The US State Department had ever updated its travel advisory on July 19, asking all US citizens not to travel to HK. To underline this, he bolds one possibility: “…… including the risk of separation of parents and children due to current pandemic prevention restrictions”. As justification, he cited several notable cases, “children in HK and China who test positive have been separated from their parents and kept in isolation until they meet local hospital discharge requirements.”
In an interview with an online program, Lee said that after a mother and son went to a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong, authorities said the boy tested positive upon entering the country and would be sent to Penny’s Bay for isolation. The mother tested negative.
The mother asked if she could live with her son, but was refused. As a result, the boy was forcibly separated from his mother and sent to Penny’s Bay. The mother was completely confused at that moment.
Current rules state that people entering Hong Kong from outside China must undergo a so-called “7+7” quarantine for those who test negative upon entry. This is a 7-day stay in a designated quarantine hotel plus another 7 days in self-monitoring. However, from August 13, the quarantine will change to 3+4.
Those who test positive after entry will be sent to an isolation center without delay.
In addition to mother and child separation, Lee added that he has also seen strange cases through online group chat. When some people were on their last days in a hotel quarantine, but for some reason due to flight delays and the need to stay longer, they were denied any additional days of hotel booking to meet their departure date. new flight.
Lack of media monitoring is the most likely culprit
Under the HK National Security Law (NSL), freedom of speech and freedom of the press in HK have been severely restricted. Criticism of the government has been reduced or even “cancelled”. Based on all this, Lee said bluntly that the biggest problem lies in the fact that the media no longer has a role in monitoring the government.
Without proper monitoring by the free media, the Hong Kong administration becomes ignorant of all assessments. And on the other hand, we see more and more cases that he has continued to apply the law recklessly. The high travel warning (Level 3) labeled in HK by the US can be said to be “self-inflicted” and they have only themselves to blame.
Lee said that in the past, when Apple Daily, Stand News and the like were still around, they would put news like headlines on their front pages to get the government’s attention or force some kind of release. Even the pro-establishment media is likely to follow suit and talk about it. In most cases, when faced with such pressure from all sides of the political spectrum, the government will handle each case in a “more appropriate” way.
If that were still the case now, it’s likely that mother and son would stay together in Penny’s Bay, as a gesture of tenderness or special treatment in extraordinary circumstances, leading to a happy ending. Unfortunately, with the current HK media all in a state of virtual self-castration, the Hong Kong government can do whatever it wants. That’s why when the US said that you are “very arbitrary and rigid” in enforcing these laws, there is a lot of truth in it.
Lee stressed that in the case of the Hong Kong government’s reckless law enforcement, it is right for the US to list all the risks and advise its citizens to avoid coming to Hong Kong to protect the well-being of its citizens. It has nothing to do with what the Hong Kong government says all day, “foreign governments should not make irresponsible remarks.” He sighed, “The problem isn’t that people want to smear you, it’s just that you show no restraint.”