Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

Divisions among Hong Kong expats over virus response

Government Technology Agency staff demonstrate Singapore's new contact-tracing smarthphone app called TraceTogether as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore Hong Kong to ban alcohol sales at restaurants
Deanna Wagner | 25 March, 2020, 05:18

Macau's chief executive Ho Iat Seng, who made the announcement during a press conference on Tuesday morning, also said Hong Kong and Taiwan residents who have been to Hong Kong and Taiwan in the past 14 days will still be allowed entry, but they will be put under medical surveillance at designated venues for 14 days.

Chin Chun-wing, vice chairman of the Hong Kong Bar and Pub Association, said the government did not consult or notify the industry before announcing the measure.

Hong Kong has seen imported coronavirus cases spike as foreign and local residents returned from overseas ahead of a government deadline last week imposing a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all arrivals.

She urged people to strictly comply with the law, warning that the government will "tackle these cases severely" for people who breach the quarantine orders.

The vast majority of new infections have been among Hong Kongers, many students fleeing schools and universities overseas.

Foreigners make up some nine percent of Hong Kong's seven million residents.

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The act also brings with it a requirement for parliamentary oversight. "This is what we all need to be doing". And Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sounded ready to do the same.

That has sparked fury among many who battened down the hatches during the initial outbreak and now fear that hard work could come undone.

"They have this attitude of 'Well, I'm ok, so not sure I need to.' That to me is really risky", he told AFP.

"They're not all bad, but there are some bad cookies among them".

Health officials had become increasingly alarmed about people gathering in large numbers in the city's entertainment districts in recent weeks.

Hong Kong's tabloids ran lurid pieces saying one of the patients who went to bars in Lan Kwai Fong, a local, may have had one night stands.

This ban on foreign arrivals will last for 14 days according to the report.