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Hong Kong’s daily COVID cases hit 3-month high
    2020-11-23  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

HONG KONG on Saturday reported the highest number of daily new cases of COVID-19 in about three months, with the authorities toughening up measures to fend off a new wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Center for Health Protection (CHP) said there were seven new imported cases and 36 local infections detected Saturday, including 13 with unknown origins.

Meanwhile, over 60 people tested positive for COVID-19.

Head of the CHP’s Communicable Disease Branch Chuang Shuk-kwan said the new cases have been rising rapidly in recent days, and warned of a fourth wave of the COVID outbreak.

In the face of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has tightened social distancing measures including banning live performance in bars and nightclubs and suspending in-person learning for grade 1-3 primary school students.

To reduce imported cases, the government also raised the threshold for the crew members of flights to obtain exemption from quarantine. Among the new requirements starting yesterday is that they must have a negative test result within 48 hours and take another tests after arriving in Hong Kong.

Data showed crew members of flights accounted for about 93 percent of all the visitors exempted from quarantine in Hong Kong every day.

The exemption policy for other visitors including sailors of cargo ships was also tightened.

HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said in a social media post that the situation was “fairly severe” and pledged more tests to cut transmission chains.

Due to the worsening epidemic, the bilateral Air Travel Bubble (ATB) between Hong Kong and Singapore due to start yesterday has been postponed for two weeks and the launch time will be subject to the situation of the pandemic.

Also, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore announced Saturday that all arriving passengers from Hong Kong under the ATB will be required to take an on-arrival COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at Changi Airport.

According to the previous rules, travelers under the ATB from Hong Kong will only be required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test and obtain a negative test result before departing for Singapore.

(Xinhua)

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