Hong Kong bars non-residents, limits alcohol over virus

A person (R) blows his nostril whereas reducing his face masks, worn as a precautionary measure towards the COVID-19 coronavirus, as a lady walks down a set of stairs in Hong Kong on March 23, 2020. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong will ban all non-residents from coming into the monetary hub from midnight on Tuesday night in a bid to halt the coronavirus, its chief stated Monday, as she ordered eating places and bars to cease serving alcohol.

Despite its proximity to the Chinese mainland, the monetary hub has managed to stave off a runaway outbreak of the lethal virus partly because of the general public overwhelmingly embracing face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing.

Yet within the final two weeks, the variety of instances has greater than doubled to 318 infections after locals and overseas residents flooded again as soon as the pandemic unfold to Europe and North America.

On Monday chief govt Carrie Lam introduced a raft of measures designed to stymie the rising variety of infections.

“From midnight of March 25, all non-Hong Kong residents flying in from overseas will not be allowed into the city,” she stated, including the order could be in place for not less than two weeks.

The metropolis’s airport — the eighth busiest on this planet — would additionally bar all transit passengers, Lam added.

Some 8,600 eating places and bars with a license will even be banned from promoting alcohol however will, for now, be allowed to stay open.

Lam didn’t specify when the booze ban could be introduced in, however stated emergency laws was being drafted.

Health officers had grow to be more and more alarmed about folks gathering in giant numbers within the metropolis’s leisure districts in latest weeks.

Last week, a slew of infections was discovered amongst sufferers who had all been out in Lan Kwai Fong, town’s most well-known nightclub road.

Restaurant teams had urged the federal government to permit them to stay open.


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