Editorial:The spectre of a winter of disease

【明報專訊】RECENTLY a string of countries has announced adjustments to their anti-pandemic strategies, significantly relaxing entry quarantine restrictions in the short term. Thailand is the latest example. The COVID-19 virus is here to stay. Ultimately, the human race has to ''coexist with the virus''. However, the outcome could be disastrous if this route is taken when the conditions and time are not ripe. For Hong Kong, the continuation of strict pandemic restrictions to strive for the reopening of the border with mainland China as soon as possible is the most in line with public health and economic needs.