Hong Kong sealed off a region of the Kowloon Peninsula on Saturday, saying its 10,000 residents should stay home until all of them are tested for the emerging coronavirus.
The government said there were 70 buildings in the “no-go zone” and that it aimed to end the process within 48 hours so people could start going to work on Monday.
Hong Kong authorities have taken strict measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in the financial center, but Saturday’s move is the first general isolation in the city.
“The risk of infection in the region is quite high,” Health Minister Sophia Chan told a news conference. The no-go zone has recorded 162 confirmed cases of COVID-19 this month.