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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

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The Centre for Health Protection does not rule out the possibility of tightening up social distancing measures if the trend of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) outbreaks coupled with a worsening COVID-19 situation continues.

The centre’s Controller Dr Wong Ka-hing made the remarks at a press briefing this afternoon, noting that URTI outbreaks were recorded in 100 primary schools between November 8 and 14, while 133 primary schools and one secondary school had outbreaks from November 15 to noon today.

“We can see that there is an increasing trend in the number of outbreaks among primary schools.

“Although the symptoms of the affected students or teachers are generally mild, if there is a continuing trend and also with the apparent worsening of the COVID-19 situation, I think we cannot exclude the need to further tighten up the social distancing measures.”

Dr Wong added that there may be a rapid and big rebound in COVID-19 infections as more than 20 preliminary positive cases across various districts were identified.

For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News