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Hong Kong has created a tool that kills microbes in 90 days
The disinfectant, called MAP-1, was not conceived as a means of combating coronavirus. Researchers at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have been working on this project for the past ten years. However, the team believes that this tool is relevant now more than ever, and will be able to offer customers protection against COVID-19 and other bacteria and viruses.
After successful clinical trials, MAP-1 will go on sale in Hong Kong in May. It is already being used for surface treatment in low-income homes in an attempt to prevent future coronavirus infections.
Unfortunately, MAP-1 is quite an expensive tool. Not everyone can afford to buy such a tool home. However, this product may be useful for schools, hospitals, and businesses trying to prevent infections.
In the future, scientists hope to make the product more affordable.
Hong Kong extended obligatory quarantine for all arrivals
Quarantine regime for all those who enter Hong Kong from mainland China has been prolonged for another month by the city authorities, the Global Times reported on March 28.
Previously established quarantine rules were adopted for May 7. Now their action will last until June 7. The regime suggests that everyone who enters Hong Kong from China is meant undergoing 14-day quarantine.
This rule does not apply to truck drivers, crew, and cargo aircraft, as well as cargo and fishing vessels.
In Hong Kong, despite quarantine, protests resumed
In a shopping center in Hong Kong, several hundred demonstrators gathered to protest the region’s administration and the Chinese government. This is the first action since the outbreak of corona virus.
It is noted that quarantine will last at least until May 7. Restrictive measures include a ban on public events, but four are allowed to assemble. In order not to violate quarantine, protesters gather in small groups and keep their distance.
China says that over 93% of ill patients have recovered
It is noted that now less than a thousand patients are under treatment in hospitals.
Over the past day in China, ten cases of infection with corona virus were recorded, six of which were from abroad.
Also, 56 people were discharged from hospitals per day. There were no fatal cases.
Schoolchildren in Hong Kong got down to write exams
Thousands of students in Chinese Hong Kong got down to write final exams during quarantine.
According to journalists, these final exams are the first ones all over the world which are being written during outbreak of the virus.
Before the exam, all students were checked for temperature, as well as the presence of masks.
Despite the continuing danger, the authorities of the region nevertheless decided to hold the exams, however, measures of social distance are still preserved.
Hong Kong extended quarantine
Lam announced that the quarantine, which was supposed to end on April 23, will continue until at least May 7. “Now is not the time to rejoice. If we relax, all the work we have done will be in vain. ” However, she announced that a small part of the measures will be weakened - this, for example, will influence restaurants.
The statement was made the day after the announcement that for the first time since early March, no new cases of infection were detected in the city and its environs. Hong Kong managed to avoid a sharp increase in incidence. Since the beginning of January, 1,025 cases of infection and four deaths have been recorded there. Last time, the absence of new cases during the day was observed on March 5.
The Hong Kongers managed to achieve this result with the help of control measures: almost all the inhabitants of the city wear medical masks, hand sanitizer is available everywhere, and in public places, office buildings and shopping centers mass temperature is measured.
The authorities did not impose strict quarantine, but many work from home. Schools, gyms and all entertainment venues are now closed, and entry from abroad is prohibited.
In Hong Kong, environmentalists propose switching to the zero-waste formula
In Hong Kong, a special territorial-administrative unit of the PRC, the problem of garbage is especially acute.
Every year the city is increasing its waste more and more. Currently, this figure is up to 2 million 400 thousand tons of garbage per year. The municipality acknowledged that within a decade all landfills will be filled, after which they will have to look for alternative ways of disposal.
Meanwhile, some activists suggest using exclusively biodegradable packaging and completely remove food plastic polluting the ocean from the turnover of restaurants and cafes.
It is this decision that the owner of the Sana cafe considers to be the only possible one.“Our customers throw the half-eaten and the packaging into food composters,” says Bobsey Gaia. “There the biomass decomposes in one and a half to two months and turns into fertilizer for farms, well, just greenery. And this cycle can be repeated indefinitely. For us it became real a breakthrough when we realized that 100% of our waste goes back into the food chain. "
Bobsy Gaia does not use any artificial packaging or packaging materials at her catering point. Food is given wrapped in a tortilla. The eco-restaurateur has been living in Hong Kong for 30 years and is engaged in his own business. He is confident that there is no alternative to the solution he proposes.
In Hong Kong, for the first time in six weeks, no infected Covid-19 was detected
In Hong Kong, no new cases of corona virus infection have been detected in the past 24 hours. This is the first time in six weeks. In connection with this, local health authorities decided to cancel the daily briefing on the development of the epidemiological situation today, April 20.
It is noted that local authorities are not yet ready to abolish measures to socially distance the population, which prohibit gathering in groups of more than four people.
Hong Kong became an example of the fight against COVID-19 without universal quarantine
Hong Kong doctors examined the successful experience of combating corona virus in this special administrative region of China and came to the conclusion that to avoid an epidemic is quite possible with the right combination of fairly mild restrictive measures.
Hong Kong has a population of 7.5 million, and on March 31, at the time the study was completed, there were only 715 cases of COVID-19, four of which were fatal. Over the next almost three weeks, the number of cases rose to 1026, but there were no more deaths. Researchers concluded that throughout the entire period since the beginning of February — from the moment local authorities began to take measures to curb the epidemic — the reproduction of the virus in Hong Kong remained at a unit level. That is, one patient infected only one healthy person — a result that many countries have not always successfully tried to achieve with strict quarantine measures. At the same time, in Hong Kong, instead of strict quarantine, a combination of several measures that were relatively mild from a social point of view was applied: closing borders and quarantining all entrants, widespread use of testing and monitoring of potential cases, isolation of all patients and those in contact with it. The closure of schools and various organizations, as well as restrictions on work, were also applied, but rather flexibly.
An important role was played by the changing behavior of the population. According to a survey conducted by the authors of the study, 85% of city residents tried to avoid crowded places, and 99% wore masks when leaving home.
“By quickly taking measures to protect public health, Hong Kong has shown that the spread of COVID-19 can be effectively restrained without the introduction of extremely destructive full quarantine in both China, the USA and Western European countries,” said Professor Benjamin Cowling of Hong Kong University, head of the research team. The authors of the study believe that the Hong Kong experience can be applied in other countries. The main thing, according to Professor Cowling, is to support the fight against the virus for a sufficiently long time without overworking the population.
Hong Kong loses position in FITCH ratings
As stated in the information of the international rating agency Fitch, on Monday the long-term credit rating of Hong Kong was downgraded from “AA” to “AA-”. The rating outlook is set to “stable”.
“After prolonged social unrest in 2019, the Hong Kong economy was faced with a second serious shock caused by the coronavirus pandemic in January,” the agency said in a report.
Fitch analysts noted that this special administrative region of China was faced with a decline in economic activity, rising unemployment, and the prospect of an unprecedented budget deficit. These problems have exacerbated the negative trends triggered by last year's massive anti-government protests.
Fitch predicts that Hong Kong's real GDP will fall by 5% this year after a decline of 1.2% in 2019. The agency also estimates that Hong Kong’s budget deficit will widen to 11% of its GDP this fiscal year (beginning on April 1). Last week, local authorities adopted a new package of measures totaling $ 137.5 billion Hong Kong (about $ 18 billion). ), designed to support the business afloat and maintain jobs in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.