Hong Kong officials imposed a strict 48-hour lockdown Saturday, forcing thousands of residents to stay in their homes as the coronavirus outbreak in the city has worsened.
Authorities made the unprecedented move in the city’s Yau Tsim Mong district, focusing on 16 apartment buildings where no residents will be allowed to leave unless they are tested for the virus, the Associated Press reported
Hong Kong was hit with a second outbreak of the coronavirus in November. Over 4,300 cases have been recorded in the last two months, making up nearly 40 percent of the city’s total number of cases. Until now, officials have tried to avoid imposing strict lockdowns in the crowded city.
Coronavirus cases in Yau Tsim Mong district represent about half of infections in the past week.
So far, about 3,000 people in the Yau Tsim Mong district have been tested for coronavirus, joining the thousands of others in the city of 7.5 million who have been tested in recent days.