Hong Kong reported its largest variety of native coronavirus transmission instances in nearly three months, stumping native well being officers and reflecting the problem of eradicating the pathogen.
The metropolis discovered 9 new native instances, authorities officers mentioned in a press briefing Tuesday. That’s essentially the most since not less than April 8, in accordance with authorities information. Authorities have but to find out how 5 of the sufferers contracted the illness.
“Over the weekend, Hong Kong’s local epidemic rapidly changed,” mentioned Wong Ka-hing, an official with the Department of Health. “The situation is very severe. The new local cases are quite a lot. We will increase monitoring.”
The emergence of hidden transmission chains of the virus, which could be unfold through asymptomatic carriers, is a setback for a metropolis that had largely succeeded in containing the illness for months. It additionally happens two weeks after the federal government’s newest easing of social-distancing restrictions.
Hong Kong isn’t alone in battling flare-ups of the illness. Australia’s second-largest metropolis lately re-entered virus lockdown, whereas Tokyo continues to seek out greater than 100 new coronavirus instances day by day. In Beijing, the town is displaying indicators of rising from a second wave of virus instances after reporting zero new sufferers on Tuesday for the primary time in 26 days.
Hong Kong had solely reported a few dozen of recent native instances in June. The newest outbreak threatens to additional undermine the battered economic system, which shrank by a file 8.9% within the first quarter.