Hong Kong authorities will impose a five-day lockdown on 2,500 residents of a public housing block hit by a Covid-19 outbreak in an unprecedented move to prevent the virus spreading in the community, the Post has learned.
Two sources said residents of Yat Kwai House on Kwai Chung Estate would need to be home quarantined for five days. One insider said the Home Affairs Department had prepared food and necessities for the residents.
Health minister Sophia Cha Siu-chee and officials from the Centre for Health Protection and Housing Department were expected to give updates on the situation at the block on Friday evening.
The number of infections in the block of flats had risen to 20 by Friday afternoon. A suspected superspreader was believed to have infected those in the building.
“In my opinion, I think the residents should not be allowed to leave for work,” Government pandemic adviser Professor David Hui told a radio programme.
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