Coronavirus: restaurant table seating limit to return to eight as at least 16 more locally transmitted cases detected in HK

10-Jul-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong’s government is planning to once again restrict the number of diners to eight per table in the city’s restaurants, as at least 16 more locally transmitted Covid-1 9 cases were detected among Thursday’s total of 24, according to two sources.

Health minister Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee will meet the press and announce further details on restrictions for other establishments in the afternoon. A government source, meanwhile, said the cap on public gatherings will hold firm at 50 people.

A source said the new tally of preliminary positive local cases involved five from Kong Tai Care for the Aged Centre Limited in Tsz Wan Shan, taking the number of infections from that cluster to 14.

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Another cluster, involving two restaurants and taxi drivers, also increased to 16 people, while two separate household clusters with three confirmed cases each were discovered in Wong Tai Sin and Diamond Hill.

According to the source, Hong Kong has recorded at least 47 local cases since Sunday.

The Post was told earlier on Thursday that a number of imported cases had also been recorded, but the number was not immediately clear.

As of Wednesday 4pm, Hong Kong’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases stood at 1,323.

The limit of eight people per table at city restaurants had been lifted on June 19, two days before Father’s Day.


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