Crowded Together—But Lonelier Than Ever

Strict containment measures have helped Hong Kong stave off the worst-case COVID-19 scenario—the city has clocked under 1,050 infections and just 4 deaths.
For those living in Hong Kong’s crowded network of “cage homes”—each no bigger than a prison cell—social distancing is near-impossible and yet, paradoxically, residents are extraordinarily lonely.
The excitement of the now-desolate city streets once offered a crucial respite from their cramped living quarters, residents explain. 
They are at the low end of the city’s yawning income inequality. For those living hand-to-mouth in these tiny spaces, a job loss could quickly mean homelessness.

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