The Covid-19 situation in the US and Hong Kong was similar at the initial stages. Although the number of cases in both countries started increasing rapidly in March, the US took a turn for the worse.
In the early stages, the situation did not warrant much concern. New York was the first state to take the hit, where the number of confirmed cases spiked in early March. Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus on March 7. Soon after, President Trump declared the virus a national emergency.
The number of daily new cases started increasing rapidly in mid March, with the US overtaking China in highest number of cases towards the end of the month. Despite border closure and extension of social distancing guidelines, the US currently holds the highest death toll.
The SARS pandemic in 2003 saw Hong Kong as the epicentre of the outbreak. SARS left an imprint on the country, clearly seen as citizens adhere to social distancing guidelines and companies implementing work-from-home schedules.
A second wave of the coronavirus occurred in mid March. Shortly after, Hong Kong closed its borders to non-residents, inclusive of transiting flights. The government did not impose any lockdown measures, only ordered temporary 14-day closure of popular gathering spots like karaoke lounges, mahjong parlours and nightclubs. Government measures combined with proactive citizens resulted in no new cases reported on April 20, a sign of Hong Kong overcoming Covid-19.