By Pak Yiu and Tyrone Siu
HONG KONG (Reuters) – To escape the confines of his Hong Kong “coffin home”, or two square meters (21.5 square feet) of living space, Simon Wong usually spends his days in the park playing mahjong with friends, only returning at night to sleep.
But since the Chinese-ruled city reported its first patient with coronavirus last month, Wong has been stuck indoors in the home he has to climb a ladder to get into and which is just large enough to hold a single mattress.
“I don’t go out anymore, there are no more gatherings,” said the unemployed 64-year-old.
“As soon as I finish my tea and grocery shopping, I come home and become a recluse and just watch TV. I can’t do anything.”
Two people have died so far from over 80 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Hong Kong. Wong, whose family cut contact with him many years ago, cannot afford face masks or…