Hong Kong go in for lockdown for the first time

Saturday, 23 January 2021 - 16:37

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Hong Kong has placed thousands of its residents in a lockdown to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus, the first such measure the Chinese-ruled city has taken since the pandemic began.

The order effective on Saturday covers multiple housing blocks in the neighbourhood of Jordan in Kowloon Peninsula.

Thousands of Hong Kong residents are locked down for the first time, to contain a worsening outbreak in the city, authorities said.

Hong Kong has been grappling to contain a fresh wave of the coronavirus since November.

Over 4,300 cases have been recorded in the last two months, making up nearly 40 per cent of the city's total.

Coronavirus cases in Hong Kong's Yau Tsim Mong District, a working-class neighbourhood with old buildings and subdivided flats, represent about half of the infections in the past week.