The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Tuesday extended social distancing restrictions for another week till October 15, while expressing concerns about the probable worsening of local COVID-19 infections.
The curbs include no more than four people at public gatherings and mandatory mask-wearing in public transport and places. But team ice-skating involving more than four people will be allowed starting from October 9.
Hong Kong reported eight new infections, including five local cases on Tuesday. Over the past seven days, 10 local cases, including seven with unknown infection sources, were seen across Hong Kong.
The Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan said the recent spike in cases could lead to another wave of the epidemic sooner than expected if anti-virus measures were not observed strictly.
HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday urged the public to remain vigilant and the HKSAR government will continue to be prepared.