World Covid-19: Hong Kong imposes strict containment on an entire neighborhood

19:45  22 january  2021
19:45  22 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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C’est du jamais vu depuis l’apparition du Covid-19 à Hong Kong. Un quartier entier, celui de Yau Tsim Mong, d’environ 150 immeubles sera bouclé à partir de ce vendredi minuit et la mesure concerne jusqu’à 9000 personnes. Seuls les résidents munis d’un test négatif pourront sortir de chez eux. © AFP - ANTHONY WALLACE This is unheard of since the appearance of Covid-19 in Hong Kong. An entire district, that of Yau Tsim Mong, of around 150 buildings will be cordoned off from midnight Friday and the measure concerns up to 9,000 people. Only residents with a negative test will be able to leave their homes.

For the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of residents of one of Hong Kong's poorest and densely populated neighborhoods will be placed under strict containment from midnight Friday.

This has never been seen since the appearance of the Covid-19 in Hong Kong. An entire neighborhood of around 150 buildings will be cordoned off as of midnight Friday. The measure affects up to 9,000 people. Only residents with a negative test will be able to leave their homes.

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"The situation in Hong Kong , from Beijing's viewpoint, was steadily getting worse, despite the pause in protests occasioned by Covid - 19 ," wrote China expert China's plans have been met with widespread outrage in Hong Kong and elsewhere, particularly as the new law will be imposed without consulting

Offenders face up to six months in prison and a fine of 2,600 euros. According to the South China Morning Post, the authorities will deploy some 1,700 agents to ensure compliance with the quarantine.

Yau Tsim Mong is a disadvantaged district of Hong Kong where housing is among the most cramped on the planet. Due to the astronomical cost of rents, apartments are divided into a maximum of spaces not exceeding 5 square meters per person. In these dilapidated buildings where sanitary facilities are shared, several epidemic outbreaks have appeared in recent weeks, pushing the authorities to confine the entire neighborhood.

The Hong Kong government has said it wants to act quickly and complete the screening of all residents in the neighborhood by next Monday. A second test should be performed within five to ten days.

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