Coronavirus: Hong Kong hit by ‘third wave’ after spate of cases


Hong Kong is entering its third wave after seeing an increase in coronavirus cases (Photo: Getty Images)

Health officials have warned that a “third wave” of coronavirus cases has struck Hong Kong.

The city has seen an increase in Covid-19 infections after recording 24 cases yesterday and 100 new cases in the past week.

But Hong Kong had detected 21 cases in total only for the entire month of June, reports MailOnline.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable diseases branch of the Center for Health Protection, said Tuesday during a press briefing: “We are concerned that there is a massive epidemic in the community, with as many sources of infection. ”

Authorities have since unveiled a series of measures to deal with the increase in the number of cases, including controlling the flow of people returning from high-risk countries and demanding that domestic workers be quarantined in hotels upon arrival .

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The government has stated that 19 of the new infections are of indigenous origin and five have been imported from abroad.

The Minister of Health, Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee, described the situation as “very alarming”.

Hong Kong was widely praised for its efforts against the coronavirus epidemic. The city on Wednesday reported a total of 1,324 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths.

Hong Kong has again put in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

The Hong Kong government has announced that it will organize the return of its residents from countries considered to be at high risk, such as Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and South Africa.

Foreign domestic workers will need to be screened for coronavirus before boarding before flying to Hong Kong. Their employers must organize a compulsory quarantine of 14 days upon arrival at the designated hotels in the city.

The authorities have indicated that they are also considering tightening social distancing measures in restaurants and places of entertainment.

Chuang said at the press conference that the latest epidemic was caused by increased social activity in the city in recent weeks, according to Asia Times.

Protesters occupy a road in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is currently experiencing political turmoil as tensions with China increase (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

She said people may have paid less attention to social distancing rules than they should have, as there have been fewer local infections recorded in the past month.

Wong Ka-hing, controller of the Center for Health Protection, said at the press conference: “The resurgence of local cases has shown that the chain of transmission through asymptomatic patients in Hong Kong has never been cut. ”

The news comes as Hong Kong is plunged into political turmoil after the central Chinese government imposed a tough new law on the city which critics see as a further deterioration of the freedoms promised to the former British colony.

Beijing has now opened its national security office in Hong Kong, where Chinese intelligence agents will monitor the internal affairs of the semi-autonomous territory to detect “terrorist activity or foreign intervention.”

The Hong Kong education office also announced on Wednesday that schools should not allow students to play, sing or broadcast the “Glory in Hong Kong” anthem because it contains political messages.

Last week, the city criminalized the pro-democracy slogan “Free Hong Kong, revolution of our time” under the new national security law, which was implemented on June 30.

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