Hong Kong was a pandemic poster child. Now it’s a cautionary tale.
All of that progress has come to a halt, as government missteps and a mutated strain of the coronavirus that some scientists believe is more contagious have led to the most severe wave of infections in Hong Kong since the onset of the crisis in January.
Cases, though modest in comparison with the United States, are setting new daily records. Isolation wards are filling up. As of Wednesday, restaurants must suspend dine-in services, masks will be mandatory — even for people exercising outdoors — and residents will be prohibited from gathering in groups of more than two, as officials impose the strictest social distancing measures here to date.
Heralded until recently as a model in the fight against the coronavirus, Hong Kong is emerging as a cautionary tale. Medical experts have blamed large gatherings and government exemptions that allowed certain groups to enter the city without the 14-day quarantine period and virus test mandatory for everyone else.
Those exempted include airline crews, sailors, truck drivers, executives of …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]