Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned that the city̵7;s hospital system could face a “collapse” as it struggles with a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.
She said the city was “on the verge of a large-scale community outbreak” and urged people to stay home.
New regulations began on Wednesday, including mandatory face masks and restaurant closures.
Hong Kong, which had early success against Covid-19, now regularly reports more than 100 new cases.
Less than a month ago, the average number of new daily cases was less than 10 years.
What did Carrie Lam say?
In a statement late on Tuesday, Ms Lam warned that the city was on the brink of a large-scale outbreak of the disease in the community, which could lead to the collapse of our hospital system and the lives of people, especially the elderly.
She called on residents to “strictly adhere to distance measures in society and stay at home as much as possible.”
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Her remarks came when Hong Kong confirmed another 106 cases of coronaviruses on Tuesday and reported his 23rd death.
145 cases were recorded on Monday.
What are the new restrictions?
Eating in restaurants has been banned since Wednesday, and only two people from different households can meet according to the strictest rules adopted so far by Hong Kong.
It is now also mandatory to wear masks in all public places.
It has previously been announced that areas such as bars, gyms and beauty salons will be closed.
At the beginning of the month, public gatherings were allowed for up to 50 people – but that was reduced to four and now two.
Wasn’t Hong Kong a viral success?
It definitely looked like this.
At the beginning of the outbreak, cross-border travel with China was severely restricted, “routes and routes” were introduced and further restrictions were introduced.
Earlier this year, the city went through weeks without local coverage.
But as life began to return to normal, there was an increase in locally transmitted cases. The average number of new cases has risen from a single number at the beginning of the month to more than 120 now.
One professor at the University of Hong Kong said the cases were likely to be due to “shortcomings in Hong Kong’s border procedures”.
Jin Dongyan told the Global Times that “foreign patients could bring the virus to the communities, resulting in the current local transmission.”
The most recent person to die from the virus was a nursing home with at least 45 infections.
Local researchers have expressed concern that a strain of the virus circulating in Hong Kong could cause more damage.
He is said to have not mutated for at least 22 days, which means he could adapt well to humans and be easier to transport.
Will there be elections?
The new measures come after reports that elections to the Hong Kong Parliament – the Legislative Council – could be postponed for a year.
HK01, the Hong Kong Economic Times and TVB reported that the government has decided what still needs to be formally announced due to formal interests.
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The election was scheduled for September 6. Opposition figures, however, suggest that the aim of the postponement is to dispel anger over the new national security law.
An extensive law introduced last month by Beijing punishes acts of “secession, subversiveness, terrorism and collusion.”
This was seen as restrictive criticism and freedom of expression – while Beijing’s control over Hong Kong, a special administrative area in China since the end of British rule in 1997, has increased.