Live from Hong Kong by Joe Hoft
Hong Kong shut down industry and commerce since the Chinese New Year on January 25th in reaction to the China coronavirus.
The country is into its fourth month of commercial inactivity even though its 8 million citizens endured only 4 COVID-19 deaths total to date.
As reported in late February:
News of the coronavirus reached Hong Kong and the world in early January. Hong Kong citizens were curious at first and then almost hyper-reactive. The Wuhan coronavirus was a big unknown and still is. Hong Kong did very little at first other than observe the actions of the Chinese government in Hubei in response to the newly discovered coronavirus.
By the end of January right before the Chinese New Year, the government of China took the unprecedented move and shut everything down in Hubei Province in China. Road blocks were erected and people were forced to stay home in Hubei Province. After the Monday and Tuesday holidays, all businesses were shut down in Hong Kong and throughout China.
Schools were closed at that time and are still closed in spite of children worldwide being virtually immune to the coronavirus. Most companies follow the Hong Kong government’s practices with civil servants and keep their employees home. This has continued since late January.
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas on earth with a population of around 8 million people.
s of this morning there are 1056 coronavirus cases confirmed and four deaths in Hong Kong.
The percent of confirmed cases to total population is minuscule at 0.01%.
The mortality rate related to the coronavirus in Hong Kong is almost nothing but this didn’t stop the government from shutting down its economy.
Dr. Mark Siegel on FOX News shared the success that Hong Kong has had with its practices of shutting down the economy with only 4 COVID-19 deaths. Unfortunately, someone told him that Hong Kong only used social distancing to maintain its low death rate for COVID. This is false. The government of Hong Kong shut down its economy and it may never recover.
Via Tucker Carlson:”>Tucker Carlson Tonight:
Dr. Siegel, who appears to be a very honest and committed professional, praised the efforts of Hong Kong to prevent China coronavirus deaths. But maybe he doesn’t have the full picture. Since the beginning of the year the flu in Hong Kong has been much more consequential than the coronavirus:
Source: The Gateway Pundit