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

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Lam says authorities can’t 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 quite a lot of buildings in a working class district of the town, after quite a lot of circumstances within the space raised issues a couple of bigger outbreak of COVID-19.

About 20 buildings within the Yau Ma Tei district had been sealed off in the course of the night time from Tuesday into Wednesday and a few 330 checks carried out, the Hong Kong authorities stated. Just one case was discovered.

Residents got no warning of the plan.

“We can’t underestimate any supply of an infection, and naturally, the residents of the ‘restricted space′ have been reassured,” Lam, the territory’s chief government, 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 verify with social-distancing measures, in addition to strict border controls and resort quarantines for arriving travellers.

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

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

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

The typical 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 strange employees.

Residents in Yau Ma Tei needed to present an SMS message confirming a detrimental take a look at and put on a wristband earlier than they had 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 had 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 had been tipped off about that plan the day earlier than it occurred.

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