Hong Kong has already been operating under its strictest restrictions on travel, business and public activities since the start of the pandemic. In place since February 10, they also prohibit gatherings of more than two households. Restaurants, hair salons and religious sites have been closed.
The territory had 6,067 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours. That was close to Thursday’s 6,116 cases, its highest daily total yet.
To ease the pressure, construction crews from mainland China will build isolation units for 10,000 people after overcrowding in hospitals forced patients to wait outside in the winter cold.
Also on Sunday, the government said Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing would work from home after his driver received a preliminary positive test result for the virus. Wong tested negative but he and his driver will undergo further testing.