Hong Kong to introduce more Covid-19 prevention measures as cases increase

  • New social distancing measures may include a ban on dining-in during lunchtime and mandatory mask wearing outdoors
  • The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hit the city hard, resulting in triple-digit increases every day
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The new rules may include a ban on dining in during lunchtime and compulsory mask wearing outdoors . Photo: SCMP/ Sam Tsang

As Hong Kong records another Covid-19 death and continues to sustain daily records of triple-digit infections, social distancing measures in the city are set to be further tightened beginning on Wednesday. 

Carrie Lam's government will be briefed on more social-distancing measures on Monday morning, including a complete ban on dining in during lunchtime and further expansion of compulsory mask wearing to cover outdoor areas.

The measures will take effect from Wednesday.

Health officials are expected to announce details of how the measures can be enforced in the afternoon after getting endorsement from executive councillors.

The stepped-up measures came as a 76-year-old female Covid-19 patient died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Sunday night. She lived in Tsz Wan Shan, one of the recent infection clusters. 

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The latest death has brought the total coronavirus-related deaths to 19, while the tally of infections stands at 2,633 as of Monday morning. 

The city recorded 128 cases on Sunday, the fifth straight day of triple-digit infection figures. The administration announced on Sunday that ships without any cargo trade via Hong Kong would no longer be allowed to change their crew in the city, which was possibly a reason behind the recent spike in Covid-19 cases. But some health experts said authorities were too late in attempting to plug the loophole.