Hong Kong’s officials and health experts do not always agree on Covid policies. Here’s why

Political analysts say administration also has to consider mainland China's stance, but recent green light on opening up may ease local tensions Latest row sparked by calculation

of fatality rate and whether the coronavirus should be compared with the flu While countries in Asia such as Singapore and Japan have moved forward with easing Covid-19 travel

rules and social-distancing restrictions, Hong Kong is still mired in debate about whether life should return to normal. A war of words erupted last week between officials

and health experts over the fatality rate of Covid-19 and whether it is comparable to the flu. The Post unpacks the major disputes and what has caused this rift. Do

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analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. 1. What's the fuss? The row first surfaced when Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu, warning against

comparing the two viruses, said the city's coronavirus fatality rate stood at 0.6 per cent, six times that of influenza. But Dr Leung Pak-yin, a former chief executive of

the Hospital Authority, said authorities should not take into account every wave the city has weathered, including the fifth and latest one, which has been the most severe.

He said a more accurate calculation would be simply dividing the number of deaths since May 15, when the caseloads rebounded, by the infection figure from the same period,

which would put the mortality rate at 0.098 per cent.