A man ate with him on a chair in front of a restaurant in Sham Shui Po District on Hong Kong’s Kowloon Peninsula early in the morning of July 29, 2020, as new distancing measures take effect, involving only restaurants serving meals to combat a new wave of coronavirus. infections.
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Hong Kong is at the height of a large-scale coronavirus outbreak that could overwhelm its medical facilities and the cost of living, CEO Carrie Lam said on Wednesday when new measures to distance themselves from the company came into force.
In a pre-recorded video address at the end of Tuesday, Lam said that there had been an “increase”; in local infections and that there were “many with hitherto unknown sources.” Confirmed cases in Hong Kong rose in July, with a new daily high of 145 this week.
Authorities also said Tuesday that they were investigating 106 new cases, bringing the total to at least 2,884.
“We are on the verge of a large-scale outbreak of disease in the community, which could lead to the collapse of our hospital system and the lives of people, especially the elderly,” said the CEO.
Hong Kong was initially able to contain the virus despite being relatively close to the city of Wuhan in China, where the infections were first detected in 2019. It was able to prevent the introduction of blockades, while many other countries imposed restrictive measures to distance themselves from society and even reopened. . Disneyland Hong Kong in mid-June.
At present, however, new and stricter rules on social distance are coming into force in the city, which prohibit the gathering of more than two people and suspend the provision of services.
Lam called on citizens to work together to protect the city. “I urge you to adhere strictly to social distance measures and stay at home as much as possible. If we are united and work together, we can tackle this epidemic again. “