Hong Kong virus cluster prompts partial lockdown

Hong Kong virus cluster prompts partial lockdown

Hong Kong on Tuesday extended a partial lockdown and tightened pandemic restrictions after more than 200 cases of Covid-19 were discovered at a public housing estate. Hong Kong has already suspended many foreign flights and required arrivals, similar to mainland China’s “zero-tolerance” approach, which has put millions under lockdown and mandatory mask-wearing, rigorous case tracing and massive testing. has kept.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said a second residential block in the Kwai Chung housing complex would be closed for five days. The block where the virus was first detected is already under lockdown, which will now be extended for five to seven days. Lam said “measures aimed at protecting residents as well as playing safe to prevent the spread of the virus”.

Schools have been closed and restaurants cannot offer at-home meals after 6 p.m. in a return to previous measures to stem a surge in cases. Mandatory testing has been ordered on people who live in or visit buildings where the virus was detected.

The outbreak has prompted the city of Shenzhen across the border in mainland China to tighten rules on Hong Kong people. From Wednesday, travelers to Hong Kong will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result obtained in the past 24 hours, undergo 14 days of quarantine at a government-designated location and seven days of home isolation.

Lam also criticized a senior cabinet member, Home Affairs Secretary Casper Tsui, who was one of several government officials who were ordered suspended and quarantined after attending a birthday party where two guests later met. had tested positive for covid-19.

London Police investigating Downing Street parties

London Police said on Tuesday they were investigating Downing Street lockdown parties in 2020 to determine whether UK government officials violated coronavirus restrictions, putting further pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Commissioner Cressida Dick said the Metropolitan Police Service has launched an investigation into “multiple incidents” on Downing Street as they meet force majeure criteria to investigate the “most serious and major” violations of COVID-19 regulations. Huh. The gatherings are already being investigated by Sue Grey, a senior civil servant whose report, expected this week, will be crucial to determining whether Johnson can stay in power.

Current vaccines by Omicron may protect against serious disease: Study

A study has found that current COVID-19 vaccines prompt the body to make effective, long-lasting T cells against SARS-CoV-2, which can recognize forms of anxiety including omicrons and severe can prevent disease. Research published in the journal Cell also shows that people who are fully vaccinated have fewer memory B cells and neutralizing antibodies against the Omicron variant. Both T and B cells play important roles in the immune response against infection.

23 Australians aboard Tonga aid ship have virus

About two dozen sailors on an Australian military ship bound for aid to Tonga have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said on Tuesday. Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said his government was working with Tongan authorities to ensure the ship was at sea and that there was no danger to Tonga’s 1,05,000 residents.

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Source: WHO/Johns Hopkins

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