Hong Kong reported 44 new Covid-19 cases Monday, including 31 local infections and 13 imported cases, according to a daily health briefing.
“If we do not persevere and proceed with caution, the hard work the entire community has put in over the past few weeks to contain the third wave of infections would be in vain and we may see extensive transmission of Covid-19 across different locations, sectors and population groups in Hong Kong as well as our healthcare system on the verge of collapse again,” a spokesperson for the Food and Health Bureau said in a statement.
Among local infections on Monday, 20 cases are related to previous infections, of which 16 cases were transmitted within the family. Eleven cases are untraceable. The 13 imported cases are eight people from India, two Indonesian domestic helpers, two people from Russia and an aircrew member from Ethiopia.
Hong Kong's death toll remains at 69, and the number of cases stands at 4,524.