More "ambush-style” lockdowns will follow, Chief Secretary says

Local | 27 Jan 2021 2:07 pm

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the Yau Ma Tei lockdown on Pitt Street yesterday is generally successful and effective, saying authorities will adopt such approaches in handling future lockdowns.

This came as authorities yesterday at 7pm ordered an “ambush-style” overnight lockdown of two streets in Yau Ma Tei, to identify Covid-19 carriers.

Cheung said the whole operation - which ended within 11 hours, had minimized its impact on the area and its residents, where members of the public can go to work as usual in the morning

“Among the 330 residents being tested, we have identified one Covid patient, contributing to a positive rate of 0.3 percent. which is even higher than the 0.17 percent from the Jordan lockdown,” he said, saying not even a single case should be allowed to slip past.

He also added that Hong Kong will expect more of this quick, surprise and targeted lockdowns, hoping members of the public will understand that they are doing all this in the public interest.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor wrote on her social media this morning, saying she was thrilled that the overnight lockdown had achieved the goals of "being confidential", "focusing on an area", and "compressing the lockdown time".

She said these objectives were set after authorities wrapped up the city's first lockdown in Yau Ma Tei and Jordan over the weekend.

“Authorities are not taking any potential sources of infection lightly,” she wrote.

Lam also said the government’s next goal would be “how to better utilize the anti-epidemic tools and stay one step ahead of an outbreak to achieve zero infections in the community.”

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