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Hong Kong adopts strictest-ever coronavirus measures to slow down resurgence

Jul 14, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
HONG KONG - Hong Kong implemented its strictest suite of social distancing measures yet as the Asian financial hub looks set to be the first in the region where a new outbreak surpasses previous waves in severity.

The sweeping set of measures, announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Monday night, illustrate how the second and third waves of the coronavirus pandemic around the world could be worse than the initial outbreak, requiring ever more painful shutdowns.

In its escalation of broad-based measures, Hong Kong is adopting a more hard-nosed approach to the flareup of cases compared to South Korea, Japan and China.

The resurgence will likely stamp out the tentative green shoots that Hong Kong's battered economy had been showing.

"Hong Kong's economy had just warmed up and now we have the third wave of outbreak," said Francis Kwok, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Institute of Financial Analysts and Professional Commentators.