Five days of confinement for nearly 3000 residents on a Hong Kong housing development will take place, officials announced Friday. This is in response to an Omicron coronavirus strain spreading through the area.
This long lockdown, which is reminiscent of the ones used on China’s mainland, comes as Hong Kong pushes Beijing’s “zero Covid” policy.
Sophia Chan, health chief of Kwai Chung said that at least 20 cases with confirmed positive or preliminary results were discovered in a block of public housing in this area.
3,000 residents at a Hong Kong housing estate will be confined to their homes for five days, authorities said Friday
Locally transmitted coronavirus has been confirmed by health authorities in 24 cases.
Hong Kong authorities are going to impose a five day lockdown on 2700 people living in a block of public housing.
Sophia Chan Siuchee, Health Minister of Singapore, announced Friday evening that the residents would receive food and other essentials.
Officials have returned to the zero Covid playbook, which Hong Kong shares equally with mainland China
Hong Kong reports around 300 Omicron cases. Most of these were found in overseas tourists during the quarantine.
Chan said to reporters, “Clearly there’s a communicable disease in the community and it is very worrying.”
Multiple residents in adjacent flats were infected as well, including a cleaner, security guard and cleaner. The source of the infection is believed to have been a male who was present in the building in January 13.
“These infection clusters involve superspreading and are of extremely high risk,” Chan added.
Edwin Tsui of the Centre for Health Protection said the virus may have spread from a cleaner who worked floor to floor.
Around 2,700 people will have to remain home from January 26 through February 26, and then be tested every day.
Hong Kong, like China, eliminates any trace of the virus by using largely closed borders and contact tracing.
Five days quarantine must be given to residents at Yat Kwai House in Kwai Chung Estate.
Five-day Snap lockdown was the longest ever ordered in the city. In the past, building lockdowns were usually overnight and residents could leave after a positive test.
Individuals who are positive for the disease will be sent to isolation wards. Close friends and family members will go to quarantine camps.
Hong Kong’s government stated that it would provide anti-epidemic and food supplies to affected residents.
Local media reports say that some shoppers were seen purchasing large quantities of groceries Friday afternoon.
Hong Kong is largely free of viruses, but it has been isolated from the rest of the world by its stringent rules.
Following the Omicron virus outbreak last month, there were stricter social-distancing regulations.
Residents of Yat Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate, will have to return home after being quarantined for five consecutive days