HK virus situation ‘critical’, says chief executive

HK virus situation ‘critical’, says chief executive

  • HONG Kong’s leader said today that Covid-19 is spreading out of control in the city as she announced a record daily high of more than 100 cases and ordered new social distancing measures.
  • The finance hub was one of the first places to be struck by the virus when it emerged from central China. 

But the city had impressive success in tackling the disease, all but ending
local transmissions by late June.

However, in the last two weeks, cases have begun to spike once more and
doctors fear it is spreading undetected in the densely packed territory of 7.5
million people.

Today, chief executive Carrie Lam said more than 500 infections had been
confirmed in the last fortnight, bringing the city’s total tally to 1,788 cases with
12 fatalities.

More than 100 were confirmed today alone, a record daily high for the finance
hub.

“I think the situation is really critical and there is no sign the situation is being
brought under control,” chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters.
Lam announced new social distancing measures last week, shuttering many
businesses including bars, gyms and nightclubs, and ordering everyone to
wear masks on public transport.

Restaurants were ordered to only offer takeout services in the evenings.
Today, Lam announced new measures including plans to make it compulsory
to wear masks inside any public indoor venue – and a new order for
non-essential civil servants to work from home.

As hospital wards fill up, officials are also scrambling to build a further 2,000
isolation rooms on barren land near the city’s Disneyland resort to monitor and
treat those who test positive, she added.