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About 10,000 people are locked down for the weekend in a dense Hong Kong district

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Police patrol the streets whereas sporting protecting gear as authorities proceed testing for the second day within the Jordan space of Hong Kong, on January 24. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Photographs

Hong Kong has imposed a short lived lockdown on residents in coronavirus hotspots — a primary within the metropolis’s battle in opposition to Covid-19.

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In a press release launched early Saturday, the Hong Kong authorities made a “restriction-testing declaration,” which requires residents from elements of the bustling neighborhood of Jordan to remain of their premises and bear obligatory testing organized by the federal government. 

Jordan, within the Kowloon peninsula, is a dense and thriving city space with high-rise flats, companies and eating places. The lockdown space contains Temple Avenue, residence to the enduring evening market fashionable with vacationers. 

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About 10,000 residents are affected by the lockdown, the federal government’s data workplace informed CNN on Saturday.

Residents from buildings within the designated space are prohibited from leaving their houses till testing has been accomplished. The federal government says the obligatory testing is anticipated to take 48 hours. 

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Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Surroundings, Wong Kam-sin, mentioned in a information convention Saturday that water from the pipes of a number of buildings within the space was being examined to determine whether or not the coronavirus is spreading by sewage. 

In a separate assertion Saturday, the Hong Kong authorities introduced that roads within the “restricted space” can be closed to visitors. 

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Hong Kong recorded 61 new Covid-19 on Friday, together with 55 native transmissions. 

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