HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam stated on Monday (Mar 14) there have been no present plans to additional tighten strict social distancing measures as authorities battle to include a deepening coronavirus outbreak which has submerged its well being system and seen deaths soar.
Lam stated there was restricted room to tighten additional, with the worldwide monetary hub already having put in place the strictest measures since its COVID-19 technique started in 2020.
Gatherings of greater than two individuals are banned, most venues are shut – together with colleges – and masks are obligatory in all places, even when exercising open air.
“The government has to be very careful before tightening social distancing measures further … with the need to consider the mental health of citizens,” she stated in a day by day press briefing.
Lam stated final week that the town authorities had no time-frame for a possible obligatory mass testing of Hong Kong’s 7.4 million residents.
Hong Kong has reported greater than 700,000 infections and about 4,000 deaths, most of them going down up to now three weeks. The former British colony has adopted mainland China’s “dynamic zero” COVID-19 technique which seeks to curb all outbreaks as quickly as they happen.
The Chinese-ruled territory has had its borders successfully sealed for 2 years with few flights ready to land there and most transit passengers banned.
But deaths have spiked, notably amongst its largely unvaccinated aged, with the town registering probably the most deaths per million individuals globally within the week to March 10, in accordance to information publication Our World in Data.
Lam’s feedback got here after China reported a surge in new native coronavirus instances on Sunday, greater than triple the caseload of the day before today, and the best in about two years.
Some mainland Chinese Internet customers took to social media platforms to specific anger at Hong Kong, saying it has failed to management its coronanvirus outbreak and blaming the hub for inflicting the nation’s newest spike in infections.
“Shenzhen people have been scolding Hong Kong every day for the past month. It’s very clear that it has caused so much trouble for others,” stated one Internet person, referred to as Chen Shui, posting on Chinese social media platform Weibo.