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Lockdown of Jordan block to last 48 hours

23 January 2021

By The SUN 

Hundreds of people in full PPE can be seen in the blockaded area in Jordan (RTHK photo)

The Hong Kong government has imposed a 48-hour lockdown on a block with about 50 residential buildings in Jordan, in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus among people living there.

The unprecedented move, taken in line with chapter 599J of the Regulations on Disease Prevention and Control, was meant to compel all residents in the targeted area in Kowloon to submit to Covid-19 tests, with Saturday midnight as the target completion time.

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The area designated as ''restricted'' runs from Woosung Street in the east, Nanking Street in the south, Battery Street in the west, to Kansu Street in the north.

The lockdown took effect as health officials announced 81 new Covid-19 cases, 78 of them locally acquired. Of the local cases, 21 were linked to the Yau Tsim Mong district, and six to adjacent Sham Shui Po, all in Kowloon.


Speaking to reporters after an inspection tour of the area Saturday afternoon, Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended the action as being in the interest of public health.

The city’s top official said that for the first 20 days of this month, a total of 162 infections were recorded in the affected districts in Kowloon, where many of the buildings are old and poorly managed. Equally disturbing was that about 90% of more than 20 sewage samples from the area was found to have the virus.

CE Lam says 90% of sewage samples taken from the area had the virus

Responding to complaints about the lack of adequate notice to residents about the lockdown, Lam said her administration would learn from the experience so it would be better prepared if a similar situation occurs in future.

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But she said any public health measures need the full cooperation of citizens to be effective. For its part, the government is obliged to provide all necessary assistance to those affected.

“In this case, for example, we know that the residents being affected are not allowed to leave their homes for up to 48 hours. So what the government has done is we provide them with food packs, which we believe should be able to support them in the next two days,” she said.



Contrary to earlier reports that residents who had tested negative for the virus would be allowed to leave, police who enforced the lockdown ordered everyone within the area to stay at home until all the test results have been confirmed.

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Anyone who has been in the restricted area for more than two hours in the past 14 days, was told to stay put and submit to compulsory testing by midnight tonight.

The order covered even reporters who were reportedly forced to stay overnight in a hotel when they were stopped from leaving after interviewing people in the area.

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One man who went into the restricted zone for a few hours had an altercation with the police when he was told he could not go out anymore.


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