The man eats takeaway food on a chair behind a restaurant in the Sham Shui Po area on the sides of Kowlon in Hong Kong in early 2020. July 29 In the morning, as new social isolation measures come into force, covering restaurants that are only allowed: serve takeaway meals to fight the new wave of coronavirus infection.
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Hong Kong is an attacker on a large-scale coronavirus outbreak that could overload its healthcare facilities and cost lives, CEO Carrie Lam said on Wednesday when new measures of social isolation came into force.
In a video report recorded early Tuesday, Lam said the local infection had “increased”; and was “many with unknown sources.” Confirmed cases in Hong Kong rose sharply in July, with a new daily rate of 145 reported this week.
The authorities also said on Tuesday they were investigating 106 new cases, for a total of at least 2,884.
“We are on the brink of a large-scale community outbreak that could lead to the collapse of our hospital system and cost lives, especially for the elderly,” the CEO said.
Initially, it was possible to infect the virus in Hong Kong, despite being quite close to the city of Wuhan in China, where the infections were first detected in 2019. This managed to avoid blockade, and many other countries introduced restrictive measures of social isolation and even reopened the virus. Hong Kong Disneyland in mid-June.
Today, however, new and stricter rules of social isolation are coming into force in the city, banning gatherings of more than two people and ending the provision of dinner services.
The Lama called on citizens to work together to protect the city. “I urge you to adhere strictly to the measures of social isolation and to stay at home as much as possible. If we are united and work together, we can stifle this epidemic again.”