Hong Kong could impose a China-design difficult lockdown that confines people to their residences, authorities signalled Monday, with the city’s zero-Covid approach in tatters and bodies piling up in hospitals.

Two years of rigid zero-Covid insurance policies kept the coronavirus mostly bay but a breakthrough of the hugely transmissible Omicron variant uncovered how minor authorities experienced accomplished to get ready for a mass outbreak.

The accident & unexpected emergency device at Queen Elizabeth Healthcare facility. Photograph: GovHK.

Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam formerly ruled out a citywide lockdown and in its place has ordered all 7.4 million people to be tested in March.

By Ellish