Hong Kong confirmed its highest daily record of new infections with 149 new Covid-19 cases Thursday, the ninth day of triple-digit cases for the city.
Of the additional infections, 145 are local cases and 61 come from unknown sources, according to a daily health briefing. Among the four imported cases, three were seafarers from India.
The government introduced its strictest social distancing measures yet on Wednesday, but partially lifted its dine-in ban during breakfast and lunch hours, stating that some people at work “cannot find a proper place to eat.” Establishments must operate at 50% capacity with only two people per table.
Background: Hong Kong had previously been praised for its relatively effective response to containing the coronavirus. The city’s total number of infections stands at 3,152 with 24 deaths.