HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong will quarantine for 14 days all people getting into the town commencing midnight on Thursday to stop an “explosion” of coronavirus scenarios about the environment compromising a single of the world’s most thriving outbreak limitation strategies.
Talking at her weekly press briefing on Tuesday, the Chinese-ruled city’s leader Carrie Lam also advised residents to stay away from all non-critical travel.
Hong Kong detected its initially circumstances as early as January, but thanks to extreme social distancing measures and a sturdy group response has managed to stay away from the scale of contagion noticed in other nations around the world and territories.
It now faced the danger that site visitors carrying the virus could unfold it in Hong Kong, undoing the city’s attempts so significantly, which have included major financial and social sacrifices.
Faculties, which have been shut since January, ended up unlikely to resume on April 20 as initially prepared, Lam claimed.
“In quite a few nations around the world the variety of confirmed situations can be described as explosive,” Lam explained.
“If we don’t adopt some rigid measures … I’m frightened all precaution endeavours accomplished in the previous two months would be wasted. It will have an impact on the general public wellbeing of Hong Kong.”
Four of the 157 confirmed coronavirus individuals in Hong Kong have died. Fifty of the newest 57 conditions were men and women with new journey history, Lam explained.
Hong Kong had beforehand designated a few general public housing blocs for quarantine, but individuals will be reserved for the large-hazard scenarios.
The decrease-danger circumstances will be asked to keep below home quarantine or be put underneath surveillance, which can include things like digital wristbands with motion trackers, irregular landline cellphone calls and other suggests.
The outbreak in Hong Kong has brought again memories of the 2003 Intense Acute Respiratory Syndrome and triggered a powerful response from the community.
Hand sanitizers are freely out there in searching malls and office environment properties, wherever people’s temperatures are also checked electronically.
Doorway handles, elevator buttons and other surfaces regularly uncovered to crowds are disinfected a number of times a working day. Most inhabitants dress in masks and stay away from huge social interactions. For extra than a thirty day period streets and other community places have been mainly deserted as lots of inhabitants worked from household. Several businesses are but to recall all personnel to their places of work.
Individuals measures have taken a heavy toll on an overall economy now facing its worst economic downturn in a decade, with vendors and the tourism sector warning they are having difficulties to endure.
Reporting by Donny Kwok Producing by Marius Zaharia Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore