Coronavirus Situation Critical, Out Of Control, Says Hong Kong Leader: On Sunday 108 new infections have been recorded by well being authorities, a day by day excessive for Hong Kong
Coronavirus Situation Critical, Out Of Control, Says Hong Kong Leader
The lethal coronavirus is spreading uncontrolled in Hong Kong with a document 100 new instances confirmed, the finance hub’s chief mentioned 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 docs worry the brand new outbreak is now spreading undetected within the densely packed territory of seven.5 million individuals.
On Sunday chief government Carrie Lam mentioned 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 day by day excessive for the finance hub, bringing the overall to 1,886 instances.
“I believe the state of affairs is actually vital and there’s no signal the state of affairs is being introduced below management,” Lam informed 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 providers 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 residence.
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 because of the US-China commerce struggle and months of political unrest final yr.
The brand new partial lockdown has compounded the financial distress.
On Sunday, Lam known as for landlords to have a look at decreasing rents within the notoriously costly metropolis the place inequality is rampant.
She mentioned additional social distancing measures can be rolled out if the day by day an infection charge didn’t ease in coming days.
Nonetheless, she mentioned she was eager to keep away from ordering individuals to stay at residence.
“We won’t simply make a easy and excessive transfer to chop all the pieces without delay,” Lam mentioned.
Authorities say testing will probably be ramped up, concentrating on high-risk populations akin to taxi drivers and restaurant employees after clusters have been discovered inside their ranks.
A few of the new infections have swept via aged care houses, a serious explanation for concern given how lethal the coronavirus is to older individuals.
Thus far twelve individuals have been died after contracting the virus in Hong Kong — 4 within the final fortnight.
Lam mentioned officers would attempt to strike a steadiness between defending well being and protecting the financial system partially afloat.
“It is onerous to inform what sort of measures we might want to roll out… many locations have ordered individuals to remain residence,” she mentioned.
“We have not adopted that within the final six months as a result of we needed to keep up a standard life for everybody.”
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