- Seventeen new patients have no travel history, more than the eight and seven cases reported in the past two days
- Fresh figures come as government says karaoke lounges and mahjong parlours next on list of venues to be closed under social-distancing measures
Hong Kong recorded 51 new coronavirus infections, bringing the city's tally to 765 on Wednesday, including the youngest local patient identified so far " a 40-day-old baby boy.
Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch at the Centre for Health Protection, said 34 of the new patients, aged up to 65 years, had a recent travel history, 13 of whom were returning students. Two others were a flight attendant and pilot.
The 17 remaining new cases with no travel history was a higher figure than the eight and seven reported on Tuesday and Monday, respectively. They included an immigration officer, taxi driver, domestic helper and handful of others who had visited bars, a karaoke lounge and a gym, Chuang said.
Regarding the baby, she said the boy came into contact with an infected person on March 30, who might "have held him".
Among the newly infected were two people who joined a group at a karaoke lounge operated by RedMR in Tsim Sha Tsui. A day earlier, health authorities revealed five confirmed patients had links to the karaoke bar, which did not fall under earlier social-distancing restrictions. All seven who attended the night out have now tested positive.
The government announced it would close six other types of venue for 14 days from 6pm, including mahjong parlours and karaoke lounges, to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the city.
The decision was made after a special meeting of the Executive Council, city leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's cabinet. Other venues hit by the social distancing policy include massage parlours, nightclubs and clubhouses.
The government last week announced the closure of six types of leisure venue, including cinemas, party rooms and gyms, but left out karaoke lounges, which were treated as restaurants and only required to observe operations at half-capacity with at least 1.5 metres between tables.
Mahjong parlours were also previously excluded, but details on why remained unclear.
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