Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong protested against the city’s Beijing-controlled government on Thursday over its inadequate response to the Chinese coronavirus.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced an expansion of the government’s power to isolate or quarantine individuals from the general public if they are deemed a public health hazard this month before China announced it had identified the never-before-seen virus.
“If we don’t do anything at the border, we’re actually inviting the disease to come,” Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki told reporters at the protest.
“What we’re asking for is border controls as a means of quarantine; it’s not to stop people from coming to Hong Kong, but we need to have a health declaration form.”
“They could have cooked it well, but they chose to give us raw food,” he told the crowd.