Around 20 officers from a police department – reportedly the counter-terrorism unit – have tested positive for Covid-19.

When asked by a reporter during Friday’s Covid-19 press conference, authorities confirmed that an outbreak had been recorded among officers.

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“We’ve arranged for them to be isolated and for their family members to undergo quarantine,” said Albert Au, the principal medical and health officer of the Centre for Health Protection, adding that the workplace had already been cleaned throughly.

He did not say which department the officers belonged to, but local media reported that the outbreak involved the police force’s Counter Terrorism Response Unit.

Au added that the the officers had not engaged with members of the public during their duties.

Commissioner of Police Raymond Siu said on Tuesday that the Police Force would reach “total mobilisation” on July 1, which marks the 25 anniversary of the city’s handover to China. Separately, a new counter-terrorism reporting hotline was launched last week.

Hong Kong recorded another 1,145 Covid-19 infections on Friday, 131 of which were imported.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at an afternoon press conference that while the daily caseload has been rising, the number of seriously ill patients was low.

“As the number of daily Covid-19 cases crosses the thousand mark, and everybody is very concerned, actually the overall infection has not… caused immense pressure on hospitals,” she said.

Hong Kong has seen three consecutive days of infections in the quadruple digits. The last time authorities recorded over a thousand cases a day was in mid-April, as the fifth wave declined.

As of Friday, the city has recorded over 1.2 million cases and 9,393 related deaths.

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Hillary Leung

Hillary has an interest in social issues and politics. Previously, she reported on Asia broadly - including on Hong Kong's 2019 protests - for TIME Magazine and covered local news at Coconuts Hong Kong.