Hong Kong health authorities said there were no new cases of the coronavirus on Friday for the second time in a week, as they cancelled their daily press briefing.

The city has recorded 1,035 confirmed cases of infection and four deaths from Covid-19, which was first detected in Hubei province, China. New cases have been in the single digits over the past week as social distancing measures were extended. Zero cases were also reported on Monday for the first time in six weeks.

Covid-19 under an electron microscope. File photo: NIAID-RML.

A statement from the Department of Health is expected to be released later on Friday, staff told HKFP.

The Centre for Health Protection added two additional cases on Thursday involving men aged 27 and 58, who both had travel history during the incubation period.

“Given that the situation of the Covid-19 infection remains severe and that there is a continuous increase in the number of cases reported around the world, members of the public are strongly urged to avoid all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong,” a spokesperson said.

More than 2.7 million people across at least 185 countries and regions have been infected with the virus, leading to more than 190,000 deaths, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Jennifer Creery

Jennifer Creery is a Hong Kong-born British journalist, interested in minority rights and urban planning. She holds a BA in English at King's College London and has studied Mandarin at National Taiwan University.