Hong Kong has imposed another sudden Covid-19 lockdown in North Point following an outbreak in a building on Kam Ping Street.
The “ambush”-style cordon was set up, without notice, at 7pm on Thursday evening.
Blocks A, B, C, and D of Tung Fat Building are affected. Block C previously recorded eight Covid-19 infections and five preliminary positive cases.
The Department of Health evacuated residents in flats 6 and 7 of the block on Wednesday.
All residents must now undergo a test at a temporary booth by 2am.
The lockdown is expected to end at 7am on Friday.
Food and water was provided to residents during the operation.
“If there are employees who can’t go to work because of the lockdown, the government hopes that employers can exercise discretion, and not deduct workers’ wages or benefits,” a government statement read.
Police officers were seen running to set up a cordon as residents returning home were redirected towards health officials.
The last overnight lockdown in Yau Ma Tei this week yielded one positive case and was hailed a success by Chief Executive Carrie Lam after 300 residents were tested.
Hong Kong has seen 10,322 cases of Covid-19 thus far, and 177 deaths.