A group of Fanling residents have set up roadblocks to protest against government plans to convert an unoccupied public housing estate there for quarantine purposes.
Riot police arrived at the scene to remove the roadblocks near Fai Ming Estate, after the government announced on Saturday it planned to use the estate to house close contacts of those infected with the new Wuhan virus, as well as healthcare staff in need of accommodation.
The protests continued into the evening on Sunday. Authorities say traffic lights at the junction of Fai Ming and Wah Ming roads were damaged. They also say people set fire to the lobby of buildings by throwing petrol bombs.
Video footage showed officers using pepper spray against some residents.
The government has sought to calm tensions, saying work at the estate has been suspended until the North District Council meets on Wednesday.
The Transport and Housing Bureau also dismissed claims the estate has already been turned into a "quarantine camp". It says while there are plans to convert the estate for future use, it will not be used for the time being.
On the arrangement involving quarantine facilities, the Centre for Health Protection reiterated that it will first consider requisitioning holiday villages.
It pointed out that the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village has been activated to receive those who are required to be quarantined, while the Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village is also ready.
Health authorities have also started preparation of the Po Leung Kuk Jockey Club Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp as a quarantine centre for asymptomatic close contacts.
Last updated: 2020-1-26 HKT 21:23