2,700 people have to stay at home for five-day Covid lockdown in Hong Kong
2,700 people ordered to stay in their homes for five days of Covid lockdown in Hong Kong residential block following Omicron outbreak
- Nearly 3,000 residents of a residential area in Hong Kong will be locked up at their homes for five days, authorities said Friday
- The lockdown order – reminiscent of those used in mainland China – comes as Hong Kong sticks harder to Beijing’s ‘zero covid’ policy
- Community struggles to stop another outbreak of Omicron coronavirus variant
- According to health chief Chan. 20 confirmed or preliminary positive cases were found in a public housing block in Kwai Chung . district
Nearly 3,000 residents of a residential area in Hong Kong will be confined to their homes for five days, authorities announced Friday as they struggle to contain an outbreak of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
The lengthy lockdown order — reminiscent of those in mainland China — comes as Hong Kong cracks down on Beijing’s “zero-covid” policy.
At least 20 confirmed or preliminary positive cases were found in a public housing block in Kwai Chung district, health chief Sophia Chan said.
3,000 residents of a residential area in Hong Kong will be house-bound for five days, authorities said Friday
Health authorities confirm 24 new coronavirus cases across the city, 18 of which were locally transmitted
Hong Kong authorities impose a five-day lockdown on 2,700 residents of a public housing block
Residents will be provided with food and other necessities, Health Minister Sophia Chan Siu-chee said Friday night.
Chinese officials have returned to the trusted zero-covid playbook Hong Kong shares with mainland China
Hong Kong has reported about 300 cases of Omicron, most discovered by foreign visitors during their quarantine
“There is clearly an outbreak in the community and the situation is worrying,” Chan told reporters.
A security guard, cleaner and several residents living in non-adjacent flats have been infected, with the source believed to be a man who visited the building on Jan. 13.
“These infection clusters involve superspreading and are extremely high-risk,” Chan added.
Edwin Tsui, head of the Center for Health Protection, said the virus may have been spread by a cleaner who had to work floor by floor.
About 2,700 residents will have to stay at home until January 26 and have themselves tested daily.
Like China, Hong Kong is wiping out even the tiniest trace of the virus with largely closed borders, contact tracing, targeted lockdowns and lengthy quarantines.
Residents of Yat Kwai House on Kwai Chung Estate must be quarantined for five days until Wednesday
The five-day “snap lockdown” is the longest ordered in the city to date. Previous building blockages have been mostly at night, with residents allowed to leave as soon as they tested negative.
Those who test positive are taken to isolation wards, while close contacts go to a government quarantine camp.
The Hong Kong government has said it will provide food and anti-epidemic supplies to affected residents.
But according to local media, people were spotted buying groceries en masse on Friday afternoon.
Hong Kong’s strict rules have kept the city largely virus-free but internationally isolated.
Already strict social distancing rules were stepped up after an Omicron outbreak started last month.
As residents of Yat Kwai House on Kwai Chung Estate are quarantined at home for five days, locals stock up on toilet paper and essential goods
China to bring back anal swabs for Covid two weeks before Winter Olympics start
China brought back anal swabs to screen for Covid-19 in an effort to stop the spread of the Omicron variant just two weeks before the Beijing Winter Olympics began.
At least 27 people underwent the controversial anal swabs at a Beijing apartment building, where a 26-year-old woman had contracted Omicron, the first recorded case of the variant in the city, according to the Chinese newspaper. Beijing news.
The anal tests involve inserting a sterile cotton swab up to 5 cm into the rectum and turning it several times. The swab is then removed before being analyzed in a lab.
Beijing is in the midst of a strict lockdown and testing regime after the city reported its first local Omicron infection on Jan. 15 and 11 cases were confirmed in the capital on Thursday afternoon, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
A security guard in a face mask walks not far from the venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, on Jan. 17