Hong Kong executive chief Carrie Lam announced on Friday the postponement of the area’s general election, originally scheduled for September 6 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hong Kong authorities have confirmed 121 new coronavirus infections this Friday, the tenth day in a row. The area, which is already immersed in the so-called “third wave” of the coronavirus, exceeds more than a hundred infections a day. Two other people have died in the past few hours, both elderly living in dormitories on the territory, increasing the total number of deaths to 27.
Lam finally decided to rely on the National Emergency Law Against the Coronavirus Heralded by the Chinese Authorities, and has practically left the decision to the central government of Beijing instead of using the Regional Decree.
“The World Health Organization recently said that we sometimes have to make some difficult decisions, and my decision today is the most difficult of all,” Lam said at a press conference.