After 61 new cases of coronavirus were identified in the former British colony, an unprecedented measure for the city was taken on Friday: strict containment targeting an entire neighborhood.
According to the words of South China Morning Post, it is “The most drastic measure since the start of the pandemic”. Friday January 22, “The city of Hong Kong decided to impose a lockdown for the inhabitants of 150 residential buildings located in Yau Tsim Mong district ”, announces the English daily newspaper of the former British colony.
This is the first time that such a measure has been decreed in this region, indicates the media, which speaks of a number of people concerned “Between 4 000 and 9 000”, this one not being precise because some old apartments would be illegally overcrowded.
If this confinement – effective from midnight – specifically (and only) targets the district of Yau Tsim Mong, it is because this district has concentrated “Almost half of the infections last week”, specify it South China Morning Post.
Figures that remain nevertheless (from a European point of view) very limited, since Hong Kong recorded only 61 new cases of coronavirus in total on Friday, in a city of 7 million people. Very few compared to some 20,000 new contaminations recorded in France on average every day.
And yet, like the rest of China, Hong Kong has not hesitated to take very severe measures, since, as the English-speaking media explains:
Only residents of Yau Tsim Mong district who test negative for Covid-19 will be allowed to leave their buildings, only to move around the neighborhood, while no one will be able to leave the affected area. ”
Strict confinement therefore, which will not be done on the basis of trust, since “1,700 city agents, including 500 police officers, will be deployed in the area”, detail it South China Morning Post. Their job will be to monitor the inhabitants of the district, but also to massively test the population.
The stores will remain closed, continues the Hong Kong media and “It is the government employees who will take care of providing food and other essential goods to the inhabitants”. Scenes that will therefore resemble those observed – on a much larger scale – in China during the first wave of the epidemic.
Hong Kong’s English-language daily newspaper has been owned by Jack Ma (Ma Yun), boss of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, since April 2016. This acquisition gave rise to strong fears that the freedom of tone and the