I've also read people getting locked into their own home, literally, to quarantine them.
It's extremely draconian measures that China is taking, period.
Oh, I understand employers not caring, I'd just expect the government to step in and A.) Require masks be delivery only so the crowds are online, not in person and B.) Have a plan to shut down non-essential workplaces if the infections continue to spread in HK and employers can't provide adequate protection to employees.
Hong Kong is very densely populated. Draconian measures seen in Hubei might be necessary for the sake of not causing the healthcare system to collapse and mass casualties to ensue.
As for the U.S. response- we really don't have a good plan if it spreads here. Trust me. Stopping spread at our borders and holding it off until a vaccine is developed is our only hope.
Meanwhile in Hong Kong
1. Mask shortages is still happening. Some of it has to do with people "hoarding" them (Many already have 2-3 weeks supplies but still wait in line as they don't want to eventually run out), but it also has to do with govt insistence on "free economy", meaning some shops can just sell masks for 10x the normal price. Oh, and that govt procurement of face mask is still going nowhere.
1b. There are reports that some hospitals are running low on N95 face mask also. All b/c of complete incompetence of HK govt.
2. The only draconian measure that HK govt keeps taking is to beat up anyone (literally...) protesting against having a quarantine center close to their home. This just happen today:https://www.facebook.com/standnewshk/ph ... =3&theater
It was a group of protesters that are NOT violent, NOT blocking roads, yet all you see is a bunch of riot police either arresting everyone or beating up people
. Oh, and this is NOT the only case.
3. HK still refuse to totally close its border. There's that mandatory quarantine, but its enforcement is literally a joke.
4. A possible superspreader case within an extended family. One of the man in that group went into mainland, came back, and spread the virus to a bunch of his extended family member in a hot pot dinner around Lunar New Year. So far, 2 are hospitalized, 7 are tested positive, and 8 more (IIRC) are waiting for the result.
To give an example, France and Germany have no plan, no directions for their agencies, not enough test kits, no travel restrictions, nothing.
Only more case every day and it's about to get bad, believe me.
Which is why I actually think Trump did the right thing, being decisive and cut off entries by anyone that had been to mainland China now rather than later.
China has shut down their economy, appears to be forcing people into quarantine, forgoing weeks of Macau tax revenue, extended the Chinese new year.
Not to mention, all the big cities are literally ghost towns. Many businesses are told to NOT open, and only the necessities (i.e. supermarket) are allow to be open.
They even went into things like confiscating tiles of mahjong just so that people don't gather in their home https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society ... ges-facing