Hong Kong has imposed another sudden Covid-19 lockdown in North Point following an outbreak in a building on Kam Ping Street.

North Point lockdown. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

The “ambush”-style cordon was set up, without notice, at 7pm on Thursday evening.

North Point lockdown. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

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.

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The Department of Health evacuated residents in flats 6 and 7 of the block on Wednesday.

North Point lockdown. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

All residents must now undergo a test at a temporary booth by 2am.

North Point lockdown. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

The lockdown is expected to end at 7am on Friday.

North Point lockdown. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

Food and water was provided to residents during the operation.

North Point lockdown. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

“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.

North Point lockdown. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

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.

North Point lockdown. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

Hong Kong has seen 10,322 cases of Covid-19 thus far, and 177 deaths.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.