GEORGE TOWN: Amid the dire Covid-19 headlines about Hong Kong’s third wave, Malaysians in the financial capital are doing their best to cope.
“I’ve just been doing what I did since the first wave early this year; wear a mask wherever I go, avoid unnecessary gatherings or outings, wash my hands frequently and take a shower as soon as I return home, ” said research manager Kay Chen.
Chen, 25, has been residing in Hong Kong for two years.
Although the number of infections in Hong Kong is on the rise, she said she felt safe.
“I don’t have any major concerns or worries because most people, if not all, wear a mask in public areas, ” she said.
Chen added that the Hong Kong authorities had also tightened precautionary measures.
“Since I have been working from home, cooking my own meals and limiting social contact, I feel safe in general, ” she said.
Human capital manager Sandra Lee, 28, said she felt well-protected as Hong Kong residents were disciplined and vigilant.
“Everyone is doing their part and adhere strictly to the restrictions imposed.
“Even without the enforcement of the new rules, everyone is seen wearing masks in public and sanitiser is plentiful in public places such as malls and restaurants, ” she said.
Lee added that she had been coping well so far.
“We’ve been encouraged to work from home as much as possible. Space is always a constraint here, so it is quite depressing to be confined in a small area with no physical interactions with colleagues and friends.
“However, I’m blessed to work in a company that offers job security with no threat of a possible pay cut or retrenchment, ” she said.
Account manager Chan Ping Kee, 26, said she had been working from home since mid-March, initially on a voluntary basis but it was now compulsory to do so.
“Ordering food delivery and being cooped up at home every day is no fun, ” she said.
She admitted to being quite concerned about the situation “as this is the worst wave in Hong Kong”.
“I just moved here in March. It was still relatively safe when I arrived but that’s not the case anymore, ” she said.
Hong Kong has banned gatherings of more than two people and made face coverings in public places mandatory. Authorities warned that citizens have become too lax about wearing masks and social distancing.Immigration and property consultant Ginny So believed that the situation in Hong Kong was still under control.
“There is nothing much we can do but to keep ourselves healthy, exercise more at home and face the situation with a positive mindset, ” said So, a Hong Konger who has been living in Penang for 10 years.
She is now in Hong Kong to spend time with her mother.
The authorities, she said, had advised people to work from home and avoid non-essential travel.
“We have enough masks and people have become accustomed to buying food through online platforms instead of shopping at supermarkets, ” she said.
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