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8:30am-9:15am: Omicron variant
8:30am-9:15am: Benjamin Cowling, Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong
8:45am-9:00am: Mary-Louise McLaws, epidemiologist at University of New South Wales and advisor to the World Health Organization
9:00am-9:15am: Dr Siddharth Sridhar, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Hong Kong
9:15am-9:30am: wild boars
9:15am-9:30am: Dr David Gething, Founder and Chief Veterinary Officer, Creature Comforts Veterinary Group
On Tuesday's Backchat: the Omicron coronavirus variant; and more on wild boars.
Hong Kong has reported three imported cases of Omicron, which was first detected in southern Africa, and has now been found in Israel, Germany, Italy, Britain and Australia.
The new, heavily mutated variant has prompted a number of countries and regions, to impose new travel curbs. Arrivals in Hong Kong from anywhere with Omicron outbreaks now have to spend seven days at the Penny’s Bay quarantine centre, followed by two weeks’ of hotel isolation.
Australia will also review its plans to reopen borders to foreign students and skilled workers from December 1.
From 9:15am, we’re talking more about wild boars as the government’s new catch-and-kill approach has sparked criticism from animal rights group and vets.
8:30am-9:30am: covid-19 worldwide
8:30am-9:00am: Paul Tambyah, President of the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection
8:30am-9:15am: Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant, of infectious Diseases, National University Hospital; Chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, WHO
8:30am-9:15am: Prof Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, School of Public Health, HKU
9:15am-9:30am: Leung Wing-mo, former Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory
On Wednesday's Backchat: Covid-19 worldwide; and typhoons.
Singapore is opening its borders to more countries for quarantine-free travel, amid a recent spike of Covid-19 infections.
Meanwhile, Australia’s largest city, Sydney, has also lifted its Covid lockdown after almost four months; while Thailand also plans to fully reopen to vaccinated tourists from ‘low-risk’ countries from November.
After 9.15am, we’re discussing typhoons while Hong Kong embraces the second T8 of the year with tropical storm Kompasu.