Some HK civil servants work from home as virus spreads


HONG KONG: Hong Kong will take steps from today to cut the number of civil servants working in their offices, as it battles a spate of Covid-19 infections in the run-up to the busy Lunar New Year holiday.

Daily cases hit an 18-month high of 140 on Sunday, as a weekend surge in infections linked to a congested public housing estate sent authorities in the Asian financial hub scrambling to rein in the virus.

Some employees would “work from home as much as possible”, the government said in a statement yesterday, adding that individual departments might cut back on some public services as a result.

Ahead of next week’s Lunar New Year holiday, Hong Kong has locked down thousands of people in the Kwai Chung estate for five days.

About 35,000 face curbs and must have daily tests, leader Carrie Lam said over the weekend after a visit.

The situation is testing Hong Kong’s “zero-Covid-19” strategy to eliminate the disease, with schools and gyms already shut, restaurants closing at 6pm and many major air links severed or disrupted.

There was only a “slim chance” that city-wide restrictions could be lifted on Feb 4 as had been planned, Lam has said.

Last week authorities stirred outrage with an order to cull more than 2,000 hamsters in dozens of pet shops, after tracing an outbreak to a worker in a shop where 11 hamsters tested positive. — Reuters

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