Hong Kong wins against virus in the first round, steps into more harsh measures

Hong Kong wins against virus in the first round, steps into more harsh measures

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Hong Kong has won the battle against the coronavirus epidemic in the first round, and the city became a model for how to contain the novel coronavirus.

Hong Kong was proof many preventive measures will work positively. The city which has a population of 7.5 million reported only 150 cases at the start of March, even as the number of infections spiked in other East Asian territories like South Korea and Japan, and spread rapidly across Europe and North America. Hong Kong could win the battle against coronavirus after taking strict measures such as virus mapping, social distancing, intensive hand-washing, and wearing masks and other protective clothing.

But last week, once again some surges in the cases were noticed and the number of positive cases doubled. This is mainly due to the overseas visitors. Considering this fact, Hong Kong has decided to take stricter measures to ban the foreign visitors.

Hong Kong is closing their borders on all foreign tourists following the surge of COVID-19 cases in their territory recently. Hong Kong will start the ban, which will also include transit passengers, this Wednesday. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the ban on foreign arrivals would last for 14 days.

On Monday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that all non-residents would be barred from the territory as of Wednesday, the latest addition to a raft of new measures.

This is a pattern playing out across parts of Asia -- mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan -- that were among the first to tackle the outbreak. All are now introducing new restrictions as a sudden wave of renewed cases begins to crest.