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Covid-19: Hong Kong confronts third wave of infections

KUALA LUMPUR (July 8): Hong Kong is “battling” a fresh series Covid-19 infections as reports reveal that the city recorded 14 new cases yesterday.

Dr Wong Ka-hing, controller at the Centre for Health Protection told South China Morning Post (SCMP) the new infections can be described as a “third wave” and that “the chain of transmission was very strong”, with the Hong Kong “seeing new cases from different sources on a given day”.

“Since last weekend, the local epidemic situation has changed quickly. The situation is very critical,” Wong added.

Health minister Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee told the local media that the new situation is “very alarming”

“Now within a short period of time, we have seen multiple local cases with unknown sources of infection. This is an important warning signal to us.

“It reminds all people in Hong Kong that we should not drop our guard,” Chan warned.

She also implemented a “series of fresh measures” to combat the virus which include “controlling the flow of people returning from higher-risk countries, and requiring maids to quarantine in hotels on arrival”, reported SCMP.

The minister added that Hong Kong authorities “would also consider tightening” social distancing rules which may include limiting the number of participants in religious gatherings while visits to homes for the elderly would be immediately suspended.

This is because of reports of possible outbreaks in a number elderly nursing homes

She also plans to review “other restrictions” on places such as restaurants and entertainment venues while

This latest series of infections in Hong Kong has cast “serious doubts” on plans of “travel bubbles” with the city’s neighbours Macau and Guangdong province, stated the English-language daily.

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