A man who was seen sitting precariously on a rooftop at a housing estate at the centre of a Covid-19 outbreak was helped down by firefighters on Thursday morning.
Photos and footage shared online showed him balanced atop Hiu Kwai House at Kwai Chung Estate.
The police told HKFP that they received the incident call at 9:55 a.m. The Fire Services Department was dispatched to the estate as officers cordoned off the area.
Kwai Chung Estate is the epicentre of the fifth wave of Covid-19 infections, with three buildings under multi-day lockdowns over an outbreak of the Omicron variant. Compulsory testing was carried out at Hiu Kwai House on Saturday, with one cleaner testing positive.
Police said firefighters helped the man down, and he was accompanied by his mother to Yan Chai Hospital.
HK01 reported that the 20-year-old man had a history of psychiatric issues.
As of Wednesday, Hong Kong has recorded 13,626 infections and 213 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic around two years ago.
Additional reporting: Hillary Leung.
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