Coronavirus: Hong Kong extends social distancing restrictions


The Hong Kong authorities mentioned the transfer was needed resulting from a “drastic”, greater than two-fold spike within the variety of instances prior to now two weeks.

A jogger at Tsim Sha Tsui’s vacationer attraction, in Hong Kong, on April 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hong Kong extends curbs to April 23
  • Airport to stay closed to international arrivals
  • But metropolis has not imposed a full lockdown
Hong Kong mentioned on Wednesday social-distancing restrictions together with the closure of some bars and pubs and a ban on public gatherings of greater than 4 individuals can be prolonged till April 23 because it battles to halt the unfold of coronavirus.

The authorities mentioned a “drastic” greater than two-fold spike within the variety of instances in Hong Kong over the previous two weeks to 936 meant the transfer was needed. Four individuals within the former British colony have died of Covid-19, the illness attributable to the virus.

Other restrictions which were prolonged embody the closure of gyms, cinemas, mahjong parlours, karaoke lounges and nightclubs. Beauty salons and therapeutic massage parlours have been added to the checklist.

The world monetary hub has additionally prolonged indefinitely a two-week closure of its airport to international arrivals that was resulting from finish on Tuesday.

While colleges stay closed, many individuals earn a living from home and procuring malls and eating places are largely abandoned, Hong Kong has stopped in need of a full lockdown imposed in different cities reminiscent of London and New York.

The extension of restrictions comes because the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, the place the illness is believed to have originated, began to permit individuals to depart on Wednesday for the primary time because it was locked down 76 days in the past to include the novel coronavirus.

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