Authorities in Hong Kong, China today (April 2) required the entire population of more than 7.4 million people to voluntarily test for Covid-19 at home for three consecutive days, from next week.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s announcement comes as the region struggles to contain the worst of the outbreak, and authorities send mixed signals. about testing and blockade.
Lam said mandatory testing of all residents was needed but did not say when it would be done. Hong Kong authorities rejected the idea after an earlier announcement caused panic shopping.
Hong Kong yesterday lifted the ban on returning residents from 9 countries with a high number of Covid-19 cases (including the UK and the US). On April 1, Hong Kong recorded 5,820 new cases.
Meanwhile, Shanghai is also grappling with its biggest outbreak since Covid-19 broke out in Wuhan. Shanghai is in a state of prolonged blockade. Some residents will have to self-quarantine for an additional 10 days because of the No Covid-19 policy.
As planned, the eastern part of Shanghai will end the four-day blockade yesterday (April 1), but to prevent a persistent outbreak of the Omicron variant, the decision to extend the blockade was issued. on the night of March 31.
In western Shanghai, the blockade took place as planned for the morning of April 1, leaving most of the residents of the city’s total 26 million people to stay indoors. Today, Shanghai recorded 6,051 community-transmitted Covid-19 cases.
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