Covid-19: Second Hong Kong public housing building placed under 5-day lockdown, as Kwai Chung Omicron cluster surpasses 100 cases

A five-day Covid-19 lockdown which began at Yat Kwai House at Kwai Chung Estate has been expanded to include a neighbouring building. Meanwhile, four other buildings in the estate were placed under an overnight lockdown for residents to be tested, the city’s leader announced on Saturday. The decision came after health authorities found over 100 Covid-19 cases in one day at the public housing estate.

Health workers guide residents outside a building placed under lockdown at the Kwai Chung Estate public housing complex. Photo: Louise Delmotte/AFP.

The number of confirmed or preliminary positive cases at Kwai Chung Estate shot up from 9 to 105 in the space of two days, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said during a press conference on Saturday evening. The number shot up five-fold in one day, she said, showing that the outbreak was “spreading exponentially,” as seen in other countries affected by the Omicron variant.

Around 2,700 residents of Yat Kwai House were kept under home quarantine and were required undergo daily compulsory virus testing until Wednesday after over 20 people tested positive for the virus on Friday.


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