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Hong Kong's army of volunteers disinfects the city, house by house

Build & Wish Voluntary Team puts up hand sanitizer dispensers in tenement buildings

Volunteers with the hand sanitizer program go door to door to find residents willing to lend their support. (Rachel Cheung)

Gillian Wong, a petite, semiretired accountant in her sixties, leads the way into the dilapidated buildings, her eyes struggling to adjust to the dim light. Yan, a kindergarten teacher, follows, her bag weighed down by a 5-liter bottle of alcohol rub. The last member, Keith Tse, a construction worker on leave due to a leg injury, comes late but well-prepared, carrying a portable fan in one hand and a torch on his head. Both soon come in useful as the trio trudge up the stuffy, narrow stairways of the old tong lau -- tenement buildings -- of Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong.

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