Coronavirus: Hong Kong extends social-distancing curbs including gathering ban, compulsory quarantine as four new cluster cases raise ‘super spreader’ fears

Hong Kong’s health rules limiting public gatherings to groups of eight will be extended by another two weeks at least, amid concerns about a growing new cluster of coronavirus infections in the city and fears about a “super spreader”.

“I am very worried about this outbreak in community,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said as six more coronavirus infections were confirmed on Tuesday, four of them locally transmitted, taking the city’s total to 1,093.

With the current restrictions due to expire on Thursday, Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee said the limit on group size, as well as Covid-19 regulations governing the operation of restaurants and bars, would remain in force until June 18.

“It is expected that there may be sporadic infection cases or even small outbreaks in the community,” Chan said.

Compulsory quarantine will also apply until July 7 for travellers from mainland China, Macau and Taiwan, and September 18 for arrivals from overseas. The indefinite ban on non-residents flying into Hong Kong from abroad continues as well.

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