Hong Kong has beforehand averted lockdowns within the metropolis through the pandemic, with chief Carrie Lam stating in July final yr that authorities will keep away from taking such “extreme measures” except it had no different alternative.

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:15 AM IST

Thousands of Hong Kong residents have been locked down Saturday in an unprecedented transfer to include a worsening outbreak within the metropolis, authorities stated.

Hong Kong has been grappling to include a recent wave of the coronavirus since November. Over 4,300 circumstances have been recorded within the final two months, making up practically 40% of the town’s complete.

Coronavirus circumstances in Hong Kong’s Yau Tsim Mong district – a working-class neighborhood with outdated buildings and subdivided flats – made up about half of the infections prior to now week.

Sewage testing within the space picked up extra concentrated traces of the Covid-19 virus, prompting considerations that poorly constructed plumbing programs and a scarcity of air flow in subdivided items could current a potential path for the virus to unfold.

Authorities stated in an announcement Saturday that an space comprising 16 buildings in Yau Tsim Mong will likely be locked down till all residents have undergone assessments. Residents is not going to be allowed to go away their houses till they’ve acquired their check outcomes to stop cross-infection.

“Persons subject to compulsory testing are required to stay in their premises until all such persons identified in the area have undergone testing and the test results are mostly ascertained,” the federal government stated in an announcement.

Hong Kong has beforehand averted lockdowns within the metropolis through the pandemic, with chief Carrie Lam stating in July final yr that authorities will keep away from taking such “extreme measures” except it had no different alternative.

The restrictions, which have been introduced at Four a.m. in Hong Kong, are anticipated to finish inside 48 hours, the federal government stated.

It appealed to employers to train discretion and keep away from docking the wage of staff who’ve been affected by the restrictions and will not be capable to go to work.

Hong Kong has seen a complete of 9,929 infections within the metropolis, with 168 deaths recorded as of Friday.

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