The Hong Kong government imposed another round of coronavirus lockdowns in Jordan, Sham Shui Po, and Tin Shui Wai on Tuesday evening.

Sham Shui Po lockdown. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

Tin Heng Estate in Tin Shui Wai, parts of Cheong Lok Street, Chi Wo Street and Nathan Road in Jordan, and 17 buildings in Sham Shui Po were put under an overnight cordon at 7pm.

Sham Shui Po lockdown. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

Over 2,170 residents were tested, though only one coronavirus case was uncovered in Jordan.

Sham Shui Po lockdown. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

It was the second successive night where multiple areas were restricted at the same time.

The government found zero cases on Monday after four areas – Tsim Sha Tsui, Yuen Long, Kowloon City, and Yau Ma Tei – were put under lockdowns.

Sham Shui Po lockdown. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui, and Secretary for Environment Wong Kam-sing visited the restricted area in Sham Shui Po on Tuesday evening.

Government officials visiting the lockdown area in Sham Shui Po. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

Around 1,600 people were tested in Sham Shui Po, and no cases were found.

Sham Shui Po lockdown. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

As test results were confirmed, residents in the three areas were able to leave after 7am Wednesday, if they were able to show proof of taking a test.

Sham Shui Po lockdown. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

Leading Hong Kong University microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said on Commercial Radio on Wednesday that the lockdowns should target high-risk areas, but current data could not support the operations.

Sham Shui Po lockdown. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

He added that – if the government took measures unsupported by scientific data – there would be a negative impact.

Sham Shui Po lockdown. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

Hong Kong recorded 25 coronavirus infections on Tuesday – only one case was not locally transmitted. Four local infections had unknown origins.

Sham Shui Po lockdown. Photo: Kenny Huang and Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

The city also recorded another death on Tuesday – 184 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Candice Chau

Candice is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously worked as a researcher at a local think tank. She has a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.