I think the headline is somewhat misleading - here is the relevant quote:
Asked whether Hong Kong should focus on reopening with the mainland ahead of the rest of the world, Lo said relevant data needed to be considered first before deciding.
“Opening the border with the mainland and the rest of the world is a livelihood and economic issue, and also an issue that impacts different families. We will do our best,” he added.
And who says Hong Kong is dead?
Grandma Wong gets 8 months for waving a flag, 75 year-old Koo gets 9 months for attempting a protest outside China HQ in HK against the Olympics (sedition).
Glad these two criminals are off the street, everyone can feel much safer now...