HONG KONG LEADER ADMITS COVID-19 SPREAD IS OUT OF CONTROL
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has admitted that COVID-19 was spreading out of control in the city as she announced a record daily high of more than 100 cases and ordered new physical distancing measures, Channel News Asia (CAN) reported early on July 21, 2020.
The finance hub was one of the first places to be struck by the virus when it emerged from central China. But the city had impressive success in tackling the disease, all but ending local transmissions by late June.
However, in the last two weeks, cases have begun to spike once more and doctors fear it is spreading undetected in the densely packed territory of 7.5 million people.
On Sunday, chief executive Carrie Lam said more than 500 infections had been confirmed in the last fortnight, bringing the city's total tally to 1,788 cases with 12 fatalities. More than 100 were confirmed on Sunday alone, a record daily high for the finance hub. "I think the situation is really critical and there is no sign the situation is being brought under control," chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters.