Hong Kong Coronavirus Spike causes Restrictions and Security Law Arrests.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Source: (Wang Sing | Shutterstock)

As a spike of COVID-19 cases across Hong Kong begins to peak, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has officially warned the city of the dangers of a large-scale outbreak.

Hong Kong experienced a Third Wave of COVID-19 starting on the 5th of July, with 149 new cases recorded as of the 30th of July by Center for Health Protection

New regulations will be put in place to place a ban on the gathering of more than 2 people and makes mask wearing mandatory, both indoors and outdoors, when in public areas.

“We are on the verge of a large-scale community outbreak, which may lead to a collapse of our hospital system and cost lives, especially of the elderly… In order to protect our loved ones, our healthcare staff and Hong Kong, I appeal to you to follow strictly the social distancing measures and stay at home as far as possible.”

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-29/hong-kong-warns-city-on-verge-of-large-coronavirus-outbreak/12503262
CPGNSO- Central Central’s Government National Security Office . Source: (Neo Siu | Shutterstock)

These regulations are coming in hot off the introduction of Hong Kong’s Pro-Beijing National Security Law designed to combat actions associated with secession and subversion, as well as other categories.

As of Wednesday, the first of the major arrests under the law were carried out on a group of 16 to 21 year olds, leading to four arrests.

Police have stated that the group used social media to urge for an establishment of a Republic in Hong Kong using “any means necessary” and unite all the pro-independence groups under one common cause.

Senior Superintendent Steve Li Kwai-wah stated that the group’s declarations were in breach of Articles 20 & 21 of the National Security Law: Article 20 prohibits acts intended to change the legal status of the city of Hong Kong, and 21 prohibits aiding and abetting anyone in breach of Article 20

Previous arrests have been made over flag waving & slogan shouting.

Protesters standing their ground against water cannons. Source: (Isaac Yeung | Shutterstock)

With Protester’s violation of previous Coronavirus regulations in May during Chief Executive Lam’s 63rd Birthday in mind, it seems unlikely that protesters will be deterred by new regulations.