Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Hong Kong, Associate Professor Dr Gilman Siu Kit-Hang and his team from the Department of Health Technology and Informatics at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have been conducting whole-genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2. Their research has focused on providing clues and scientific-based data for epidemiological investigations to support the fight against COVID-19 in Hong Kong.
In November 2020, the team’s cutting-edge research uncovered the influence of imported cases on the local epidemic and predicted that Hong Kong was on the brink of a fourth wave of infections. These important findings were published in the academic journal Emerging Microbes & Infections.
More recently, in light of returnees arriving in Hong Kong while carrying the new coronavirus variant found overseas, Dr Siu has suggested that preventing returnees contacting the local community following arrival is the key to controlling the spread of the virus.
Dr Siu and his team will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong and share their findings with the wider community.