Hong Kong Lifts First Virus Lockdown After 13 New Cases Found
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Mon 25th January 2021 | 10:10 AM
Hong Kong, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Jan, 2021 ) :Hong Kong lifted its first neighbourhood coronavirus lockdown on Monday morning after testing some 7,000 people and finding 13 cases as debate swirled over the efficacy of the move.
Officials went door to door conducting mandatory tests and found 0.17 percent of those tested had the virus.
Some community and business leaders were critical of how the lockdown was carried out.
But officials defended the move as proportionate and said they would not rule out similar neighbourhood lockdowns.
It has recorded just over 10,000 infections with some 170 deaths by imposing effective but economically punishing social distancing measures for much of the last year.
David Hui, an infectious disease expert advising the government, defended localised lockdowns. But he urged authorities to move more swiftly to stop members of the public leaving ahead of any new order.
"The most worrying part is whether the virus might spread outside as some residents left when they heard the lockdown was coming," Hui told reporters.
The neighbourhood has a large South Asian population -- a community that often faces discrimination and poverty -- and there was criticism over how the operation was handled, including pork products in food parcels for Muslim families.
Last week a senior health official sparked anger when he suggested ethnic minority residents might be spreading the virus more readily because "they like to share food, smoke, drink alcohol and chat together".