🇭🇰@COVID19Up: Hong Kong will limit (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-08/hong-kong-leader-urges-residents-to-stay-home-as-virus-spreads) gatherings in private homes for the first time since the pandemic began, in an attempt to keep residents from socializing as it tries to tame an outbreak of COVID-19.
The city will limit multi-household gatherings on private premises to two families starting Thursday (Feb. 10), but authorities won’t go door-to-door to check if the rule is being followed. It will also restrict public gatherings to two people, down from four currently, and expand the list of venues where entry is limited to those who are vaccinated to shopping malls, food markets and hair salons.
Authorities are turning to increasingly strict measures as an outbreak fueled by the Omicron variant has seen cases doubling every few days. Hong Kong reported a record 625 new infections on Tuesday (Feb. 8), a significant increase for a city that had gone months with no community transmission and which continues to target a zero-COVID strategy, in line with Beijing’s approach.
While China is resorting to lockdown millions of people, officials in Hong Kong indicated they’ll steer clear of such extreme measures.
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