In Hong Kong, which boasts the world’s most expensive house price, a lottery event in which a new apartment is given as a gift to those vaccinated against the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) has appeared, attracting attention.
According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on the 29th (local time), Hong Kong-based real estate company Sino Group’s charities Ng Teng Po Charableable Foundation and Chinese Estates announced that they would hold a lottery event for vaccinated people. The aim is to increase the vaccination rate.
The first prize winner will be awarded an apartment in Kun Tong, Hong Kong. The new one-bedroom apartment of 42 square meters is worth $1.4 million (about 1.56 billion won), SCMP introduced. However, the winner of the lottery must be Hong Kong permanent residents 18 years of age or older and have completed the second vaccination. The application period is until September 1st.
In addition, a total of 20 people will be awarded HK$100,000 (about 14 million won) through a lottery. Hong Kong permanent residents as well as foreigners with Hong Kong work visas can participate.
SCMP said, “Real estate developers’ giveaways have become a hot topic in Hong Kong.” “In the United States and other countries, various vaccination incentive policies, ranging from cash to free food and beer, have been implemented, but the provision of apartments is not available in Hong Kong, where housing is seriously lacking. It gives it a unique meaning.”
Hong Kong currently aims to inoculate 70% of its total population of 7.5 million to achieve herd immunity, but the actual vaccination rate is known to be low. By the 28th, the rate of primary vaccination in Hong Kong was 17.6%, and the proportion of those who completed the second vaccination was only 12.9%.
By Kim Eun-bin, staff reporter [email protected]