Pandemic restrictions could be tightened amid surge in Hong Kong cases

Hong Kong officials may plan to tighten COVID-19 restrictions in the city amid a recent surge of 6,000 new virus cases in 24 hours, The Associated Press reported.

that of Hong Kong Health Secretary Sophia Chan confirmed in a radio appearance on Sunday that she had urged people to stay at home.

To ease pressure on hospitals, construction teams from mainland China will help build isolation units for 10,000 residents in a bid to make hospital beds available and avoid overcrowding, according to the AP. .

Health officials reported 6,607 new virus infections in the past 24 hours, breaking a record total of 6,116 cases on Thursday.

that of Hong Kong Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing also said on Sunday he would be quarantined from his home after his driver tested positive for the virus.

Wong initially tested negative for the virus, but his driver had to undergo further testing, the AP reported.

It comes as Hong Kong officials have implemented some of the toughest restrictions on travel, business and public activities since the start of the global pandemic.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the continued spread of the omicron variant was wreaking havoc on hospital beds, as officials said on Thursday that 90% of hospital beds were occupied, the report noted. ‘AP.

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