Following a slew of recent outbreaks, Hong Kong police and public health authorities have begun spontaneously shutting down entire neighborhoods before subjecting every resident to mandatory coronavirus testing.
Some 330 tests were conducted on residents from 20 buildings, yielding one positive coronavirus case. A similar two-day lockdown was imposed in another neighborhood over the weekend.
“I thank residents in the restricted area for their cooperation,” city leader Carrie Lam said in a Facebook post.
Hong Kong has recorded just over 10,000 infections, resulting in some 170 deaths since the pandemic began.
Covid-19 clusters have repeatedly emerged in the high-density, low-income neighborhoods of Hong Kong, highlighting the egregious housing shortage, sky-high rents, and rampant inequality that have combined to exacerbate the situation.
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