Hong Kong reported 351 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday – a record high.

Most were of the highly-infectious Omicron variant, whilst 24 were of the Delta variant. 161 of the cases had no clear source, whilst eight were imported.

File photo: GovHK.

Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan – who wore two face masks at Saturday’s press briefing – urged Hongkongers to stay at home.

She warned that social activity over the recent Lunar New Year break would trigger a rise in cases.

Tightened anti-epidemic measures are expected to be announced on Tuesday as Chief Executive Carrie Lam meets the Executive Council.

The previous record high was on January 27, when Hong Kong reported 164 cases of Covid-19.

Social distancing

Earlier on Saturday, civil service chief Patrick Nip said that more businesses could soon be affected by tightened social distancing measures, and the number of people allowed at tables in restaurants may be reduced further from four.

Patrick Nip. File Photo: RTHK Screenshot.

“When we decide on what sort of social distancing measures that are required, basically we would look at the outcome and the effect of such measures, whether it would effectively reduce the flow of people in the community so as to achieve our objective of cutting all these transmission links,” Nip told reporters.

Meanwhile, 13 preliminary positive cases were detected in Hing Ping House in Tuen Mun as it underwent a second night of compulsory lockdown. A total of 5,388 residents were tested.

Testing at Hing Ping House, Tuen Mun. Photo GovHK.

Hong Kong has seen 15,066 cases of Covid-19 in all, and 213 deaths.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.