Untraced locally transmitted Covid-19 case among three new infections expected in HK, source says

24-Sep-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong was expecting about three new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with at least one locally transmitted case of an unknown origin, source said.

If confirmed, it would be the third straight day of an increase in single figures, after a slight rebound to 23 cases on Sunday.

But with the number of imported infections remaining high, authorities are under pressure to classify some European nations as high-risk in a bid to crack down on the virus being brought into the city.

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Eight infections were recorded on Tuesday, with five of them imported. The city has maintained its trend of declining coronavirus infections in recent weeks, down from more than 100 a day at one point in July, but the number of imported cases remains high.

Of the 236 cases confirmed in September so far, 99, or 41 per cent, were imported. But the situation got worse over the past week, with 63 per cent of cases involving people returning from overseas.

On Tuesday, public health expert Professor David Hui Shu-cheong, who advises the government on the coronavirus, called for travellers from countries such as Britain, France, Spain, and Russia, to be required to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result, and hotel bookings for not less than 14 days, before boarding their flights.

Those returning from other destinations simply face a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

The city’s leader, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, said a review was under way, and announced that social-distancing measures, including limiting the number of people allowed to eat out together or gather in public to four, would remain in place until October 1, the date of the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.



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