HK facing seven new cases of Covid-19, as city’s social-distancing rules to be extended

17-Oct-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong was facing seven new Covid-19 cases on Friday, a source said, as social-distancing measures in the city were set to be extended for another week.

The latest figure came after private doctors were urged to be alert to patients with possible Covid-19 symptoms and test them. More than 60 per cent of infections recorded in the past week have been locally transmitted.

Temporary testing centres in Wan Chai, Kwai Tsing, and Kowloon City were expected to close on Friday, but one in Yau Tsim Mong was due to remain open until Sunday.

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A mobile testing truck will also visit nightlife districts this weekend to distribute specimen bottles and encourage people to get tested.

The truck will cover Kennedy Town on Friday, Prince Edward on Saturday, and the SoHo district in Central on Sunday.

Amid a rising trend of local cases, and an infection scare linked to the city’s philharmonic orchestra, health experts had debated whether patients with mild symptoms should be forced to take coronavirus tests.

As of Thursday, the confirmed number of Covid-19 cases in the city stood at 5,213, with 105 related deaths.


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