Hong Kong has imposed its first-ever lockdown

COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong have reached 10,000 with the surge in the number of cases in Jordan and Yau Ma Tei. This was the last straw for the Hong Kong government to impose a short lockdown in those areas, which is the most extreme COVID-19 measure that they have taken thus far.

The lockdown, albeit short, is meant to be effective. All residents in the area will be tested for COVID-19. The infected patients will be taken to the hospitals immediately. Residents will not be allowed to leave the area for the weekend but will be permitted to move within.

Lockdown in Hong Kong. Image credits: Apple Daily

According to theĀ Hong Kong Free Press, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui said on Saturday (January 23) that they are aware of the inconvenience that the lockdown has brought and that residents were actually willing to see the government step up to curb potential hot spots around the country, closer to the area. It is said that close to 3,000 personnel were deployed to the area to help curb the spread and hasten the testing process.

The lockdown is bringing in both positive and negative remarks from social media, with some saying that the Hong Kong government’s method of flattening the curve is so much more effective and quick, and others mentioning the fact that they could have imposed lockdowns earlier instead of waiting for the country to hit 10,000 cases.

Meanwhile, life in Wuhan, the ground zero of the pandemic, has returned to normal, with very minimal additional measures to stop potential transmissions.

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