Hong authorities have begun resorting to “ambush lockdowns” with no prior warning given to residents, in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus beyond localized clusters.
Hong Kong police and public health authorities have begun spontaneously shutting down entire neighborhoods and subjecting residents to compulsory testing following recent outbreaks.
About 330 tests were reported to have been conducted on residents from 20 buildings yielding one positive coronavirus case. A similar two-day lockdown was imposed in another neighborhood over the weekend.
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.