The lethal coronavirus is spreading uncontrolled in Hong Kong with a report 100 new circumstances confirmed, the finance hub’s chief stated Sunday as she tightened social distancing measures to sort out the sudden surge in infections.
The finance hub was one of many first locations to be struck by the virus when it emerged from central China.
However the metropolis had spectacular success in tackling the illness, all however ending native transmissions by late June.
Nonetheless, within the final two weeks, infections have spiked as soon as extra and medical doctors worry the brand new outbreak is now spreading undetected within the densely packed territory of 7.5 million people.
On Sunday chief govt Carrie Lam stated greater than 500 infections had been confirmed within the final fortnight alone, practically a 3rd for the reason that outbreak started.
On Sunday 108 new infections have been recorded by well being authorities, a every day excessive for the finance hub, bringing the whole to 1,886 circumstances.
“I feel the scenario is basically important and there’s no signal the scenario is being introduced below management,” Lam instructed reporters.
Lam introduced new social distancing measures final week, shuttering many companies together with bars, gyms and nightclubs, and ordering everybody to put on masks on public transport.
Eating places have been ordered to solely supply takeout companies within the evenings.
On Sunday Lam introduced much more rules, together with plans to make it obligatory to put on masks inside any public indoor venue — and a brand new order for non-essential civil servants to work for house.
As hospital wards fill, officers are additionally scrambling to construct an additional 2,000 isolation rooms on barren land close to the town’s Disneyland resort to watch and deal with those that take a look at constructive, she added.
Hong Kong was already mired in recession when the pandemic hit due to the US-China commerce warfare and months of political unrest final 12 months.
The brand new partial lockdown has compounded the financial distress.
On Sunday, Lam known as for landlords to have a look at reducing rents within the notoriously costly metropolis the place inequality is rampant.
She stated additional social distancing measures can be rolled out if the every day an infection price didn’t ease in coming days.
Nonetheless, she stated she was eager to keep away from ordering people to stay at house.
“We will not simply make a easy and excessive transfer to chop all the things without delay,” Lam stated.
Authorities say testing shall be ramped up, concentrating on high-risk populations equivalent to taxi drivers and restaurant employees after clusters have been discovered inside their ranks.
A few of the new infections have swept by way of aged care houses, a serious explanation for concern given how lethal the coronavirus is to older people.
Up to now twelve people have been died after contracting the virus in Hong Kong — 4 within the final fortnight.
Lam stated officers would attempt to strike a steadiness between defending well being and retaining the economic system partially afloat.
“It is exhausting to inform what sort of measures we might want to roll out… many locations have ordered people to remain house,” she stated.
“We’ve not adopted that within the final six months as a result of we wished to take care of a standard life for everybody.”
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