The government will still be lockdowns requiring citizens to undergo compulsory Covid-19 testing in the future, but will be smaller in scale to minimize impacts on citizens, Secretary for Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said.
This came after the government put three areas in lockdown in the past week and required citizens to test negative of the coronavirus
before allowing them to leave the area.
In a radio program this morning, Nip said the government was trying something new while putting four streets in Jordan in lockdown, and given the experience of this operation, the lockdown in Yau Ma Tei and North Point was smaller in scale to minimize impacts to citizens.
“Arrangements to lock down areas will help in fighting the pandemic, and I hope different departments from the government can arrange manpower in advance, and deploy them to the scene whenever needed,” Nip said.
“I believe government departments have sufficient experience to deal with manpower issues,” he added.
Meanwhile, citizens in Kowloon City and Hung Hom found piles of iron fences in different parts of the district, as they suspect the government has plans to lock down the district after multiple confirmed cases emerged in recent days.
This was after the two districts recorded 11 confirmed cases yesterday, with residents of two buildings in Hung Hom being required to undergo compulsory Covid
Citizens went to supermarkets to stockpile food at home, while Kowloon City district councilor said Pius Yam Kwok-tung posted picture on social media, saying that iron fences has been transported to different places within the district today.