HK third wave: Covid-19 situation ‘getting a bit out of hand’, officials warn as 38 new infections confirmed

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

Health authorities urged people to stay home and avoid social gatherings, warning that the situation in Hong Kong was “getting a bit out of hand” as they confirmed 38 more Covid-19 infections on Sunday, while more than 20 people preliminarily tested positive.

With the city battling an escalating third wave of cases, health experts piled pressure on the government for stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, while a leading expert warned that each person with the disease could potentially infect four others.

However, apart from announcing a return to some tighter social-distancing measures last week, the government has not raised its response to the level seen earlier this year, even though officials have described the current wave of infections as the most severe so far.

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Among Sunday’s 38 new confirmed cases, 30 were locally transmitted and the source of infection in 13 cases was unknown. The city now has a Covid-19 tally of 1,469 cases, with seven related deaths.

The government has yet to respond to mounting calls for the Hong Kong Book Fair on Wednesday to be postponed, and for school examinations to be cancelled after it ordered the suspension of classes.

While a group of exhibitors renewed appeals for the book fair to be postponed, and bus operator KMB announced it would pull out of the event, organiser the Trade Development Council said it was still in discussions with stakeholders.