- City’s restaurants were told they could only serve takeaway as part of stringent measures to combat Covid-19
- Number of new infections in triple digits for ninth day in a row
Hong Kong’s all-day ban on eating at restaurants will last just 48 hours, after the government caved in to public pressure on Thursday and reversed a decision made following a spike in Covid-19 cases.The U-turn came as the city registered another record-high 149 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, the ninth straight day of triple-digit rises, pushing the city’s tally to 3,151, with 25 Covid-19 deaths, including the latest, an 80-year-old male patient.
The figures also put mounting pressure on the government to carry out citywide virus tests for residents as suggested by leading Chinese infectious disease expert Zhong Nanshan.
A source, meanwhile, told the Post that Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee led a team to Shenzhen on Thursday to meet mainland officials. Discussions centred on how the mainland could support Hong Kong to ramp up its testing capacity and provide more facilities at a new makeshift hospital at the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition centre.