Hong Kong third wave: record 145 Covid-19 cases trigger toughest preventive measures yet

Hong Kong third wave: record 145 Covid-19 cases trigger toughest preventive measures yet

  • Government further limits public gatherings and makes wearing masks mandatory in outdoor public places
  • People line up for testing at clinics, with screening expanded to include 40,000 residents of hard-hit Tsz Wan Shan neighbourhood

Key points:

• Gatherings in public will be tightened from four to two people, but members of the same family are exempted

• No dining inside restaurants, except for exempted establishments such as eateries at public hospitals

• All residents, except those aged two or under, must wear masks in public outdoor places. No exemptions for exercising or smoking

• Sports facilities and swimming pools to suspend operations

*All measures effective from WednesdayGatherings of more than two people will be banned, restaurants can only offer takeaway services and mask-wearing will be mandatory in outdoor public places starting from Wednesday under the toughest rules Hong Kong has adopted so far to fight an escalating coronavirus crisis.

Worried health officials on Monday confirmed another record-breaking 145 Covid-19 infections, as they vowed to increase testing for high-risk groups, including 40,000 residents of the hard-hit Tsz Wan Shan area.

“This is the most severe and challenging time over the past six months and the following two to three weeks is crucial,” Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said. “We have to try our best to prevent the virus from spreading further, and I would like to make a sincere appeal to the public: stay at home as much as possible and reduce social contacts.”