Hong Kong’s Lam praises sudden lockdown that discovered one COVID case

Hong Kong’s Lam praises sudden lockdown that discovered one COVID case

Lam says authorities can not underestimate any supply of an infection and testing was ‘reassuring’ to residents.

Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam has praised as successful the sudden, unannounced lockdown for coronavirus testing of numerous buildings in a working class district of the town, after numerous instances within the space raised considerations a couple of bigger outbreak of COVID-19.

About 20 buildings within the Yau Ma Tei district have been sealed off through the evening from Tuesday into Wednesday and a few 330 assessments carried out, the Hong Kong authorities mentioned. Just one case was discovered.

Residents got no warning of the plan.

“We can not underestimate any supply of an infection, and naturally, the residents of the ‘restricted space′ have been reassured,” Lam, the territory’s chief govt, wrote on her Fb web page.

She famous the method “took solely 11 hours” and got here to an finish at 6am native time on Wednesday (22:00 GMT Tuesday).

Hong Kong was one of many first locations to be struck by COVID-19 after mainland China, however has managed to maintain the illness in test with social-distancing measures, in addition to strict border controls and lodge quarantines for arriving travellers.

The territory has confirmed 10,223 instances and 173 deaths. The present social-distancing measures will stay in drive till February 3.

In latest weeks clusters of instances have emerged in lower-income neighbourhoods together with areas with cramped, sub-divided residences that reveal the sharp inequalities beneath Hong Kong’s seemingly rich facade.

Elements of the Jordan space of Hong Kong have been sealed off on the weekend. The lockdown was leaked to the media the day earlier than [Peter Parks/AFP]

The common flat in Hong Kong measures about 500 sq. ft (46 sq. metres) and sells for round 7 million Hong Kong {dollars} ($900,000). Rents are additionally past the attain of many abnormal staff.

Residents in Yau Ma Tei needed to present an SMS message confirming a unfavorable take a look at and put on a wristband earlier than they have been allowed to go away by officers stationed on the entrances of the affected buildings on Wednesday, the South China Morning Put up newspaper reported. Cleaners have been scrubbing down the roads, it added.

Over the weekend, the authorities sealed off a part of Jordan, one other working class space, though media have been tipped off about that plan the day earlier than it occurred.

On her Fb web page, Lam mentioned the native authorities was seeking to fine-tune its anti-epidemic measures with a aim of bringing new instances all the way down to zero. Hong Kong has additionally been testing sewage as a solution to assess COVID infections in any given space.