According to Xing Hua Net, Hong Kong confirmed 37,529 new Covid-19 cases on March 5.
At a press conference on the epidemic, Li Liye, the Hospital Authority’s Chief Administrative Manager, announced that 150 more patients died in the previous day, ranging from 32 to 105 years old, with 90 males and 60 females.
Li Liye pointed out that since the fifth pandemic started, 1,561 new Covid-19 patients have died in public hospitals, mostly the elderly.
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs upped the travel alert level for Hong Kong to Level 4, the highest level, encouraging U.S. citizens not to travel there for safety and due to the epidemic’s severity.
In its advisory issued on March 1, the U.S. government cautioned its citizens that Hong Kong had adopted a “zero” epidemic prevention policy, substantially impacting travel and public services. Not only must travelers be quarantined for at least 14 days after entering the city, but the epidemic prevention measures in Hong Kong may also force parents and children to be separated.”
The advisory cautioned, “Travelers within the PRC (China) and Hong Kong may be subject to mandatory testing. In areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases, restrictions may include being confined to home or moved to a government-designated quarantine facility or hospital.”
Most Americans are only aware of an exit ban when they try to leave China, and there is no reliable mechanism or legal process to determine how long the ban might last or contest it in court.
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs warned that U.S. citizens traveling or residing in China, including Hong Kong, may be detained without access to American consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to lengthy interrogations and incarceration without due process of law.
The bureau added that foreigners in China had been arbitrarily interrogated and arrested by Chinese officials for claimed infractions of Chinese national security regulations, including but not limited to businesses, former foreign government personnel, and Western journalists. China has also threatened, interrogated, detained, and expelled U.S. citizens living and working in China.
The bureau also warned that China’s security personnel might detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese regime.