Hong Kong authorities enforced an overnight lockdown to conduct compulsory Covid-19 tests among residents of two buildings in San Po Kong on Tuesday evening. The first “ambush-style” lockdown post-Lunar New Year yielded no new infections as of 2am on Wednesday after around 520 people were tested.

The surprise testing operation, which began at 8:30pm on Tuesday ended at 7am Wednesday morning. Residents who had been tested and can show an SMS or wristband were allowed to leave the area.

Photo: Food and Health Bureau.

Authorities visited 256 flats, of which 56 did not answer the door. The government said they are investigating any flats which did not open the door which may have had confirmed cases, or persons undergoing quarantine. Health officials had previously warned they may break down doors during lockdown operations.

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