Hong Kong allows public officials to WFH amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Many public employees are expected to work remotely as some government departments may temporarily cut back on some services.
By: | January 26, 2022

Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, Hong Kong will be allowing some public officials to work from home.

Some employees would “work from home as much as possible”, the government highlighted in a statement, noting that some departments may temporarily cut back on some services due to this. 

Hong Kong battled a weekend surge in infections, where daily cases hit an 18-month high at 140 on Sunday, reports Reuters. 

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So far, authorities have already locked down thousands of people in the Kwai Chung estate for five days, where some 35,000 face some curbs and have to undergo daily tests. To rein in the spread of COVID-19, the city has already shut schools and gyms, and imposed a closing at 6pm for restaurants.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that there was only a “slim chance” that restrictions could be lifted on February 4, as was earlier planned.