Hong Kong has grappled in what’s been dubbed the third wave of infections as 28 new cases were confirmed by health authorities on Saturday, July 11.
A record seven newly-arrived Filipinas from Manila were among the confirmed cases. The city’s total number of confirmed cases stood at 1,432. But a further 33 individuals were tested preliminary positive, in what could be the biggest ever number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Hong Kong in a single day.
The Filipinas were part of the 12 imported cases. Four of them are domestic workers, with the first one, aged 41, arriving in Hong Kong on July 9. The other three helpers, aged 26, 29, and 32, arrived later on a Hong Kong Airlines Flight HX 782. Three others are Hong Kong residents consisting of a mother, 41, and her two daughters 21 and 16 and flew in aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR 330. The mother and daughters did not show symptoms.
The new surge of cases in what the experts call a third wave, has prompted warnings from health officials for people to stay indoors and refrain from gathering in public.
“Stay at home as much as possible so we can have a chance to control the outbreak,” said Dr Chuang Shuk-wan of the Centre for Health Protection.
She warned that the latest outbreak is the worse that Hong Kong has experienced as it affects people from all walks of life: residents in elderly homes and housing estates, taxi drivers, students and restaurant patrons and staff.
Since Monday, four Filipino sailors who flew into Hong Kong to board their freighter ship were also found to have the coronavirus disease.
But the worst outbreaks occurred locally, particularly in hotspots identified previously: the Kong Tai Care for the Aged elderly home in Tsz Wan Shan, the Bun Kee Congee & Noodle Shop in Ping Shek Estate in Choi Hung, and the Sun Fat restaurant in Jordan.