In response to the second wave of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong, Chief executive Carrie Lam announced on Friday that the work -from-home arrangement for civil servants will be rolled out again until further notice. She urged private sector employers to follow suit as well.
“There is a chance of a major and prolonged outbreak in the community,” Lam said.
She predicted that in the upcoming two weeks, more and more people from overseas who might have contracted the virus will return to Hong Kong.
“The 7.5 million Hong Kong people have effectively and safely sailed through two waves of epidemic. Now we are facing a third wave … we have to adjust and go back to measures that will ensure more social distancing,” Lam said.
Virus testing for arrivals to Hong Kong will be stepped up and only essential government services will be in operation as of Monday. She urged the public to have more vigilance and avoid high-risk venues such as cinemas, bars and restaurants.
As of Sunday, the coronavirus tally in Hong Kong has reached 317, as 44 more cases were diagnosed. More than half of the newly confirmed patients had a travelling history of travel to countries including 10 from the UK.