Hong Kong expected to toughen social-distancing measures after spike in untraceable Covid-19 cases

Hong Kong recorded 50 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, according to a medical source, and the government was expected to announce a tightening of social-distancing measures later in the day.

With more than 30 per cent of new infections in the city proving untraceable, sources said government officials were meeting to discuss ways of containing the recent outbreak .

The city’s top epidemiologists have been split on how to contain the third wave of infections , and while some want a return of social-distancing rules to March levels as soon as possible, others doubt that would be sustainable in the long run.

Macau, meanwhile, took its own action on Monday, and anyone planning to travel to the city from Hong Kong via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will now be required to have a medical certificate showing a negative virus test result.

Signs of a third wave in Hong Kong first appeared last week, with growing clusters in both Kowloon East and Sha Tin.

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