All 24 new COVID-19 cases locally transmitted

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Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection. (Screenshot: isd.gov.hk)

Hong Kong recorded 24 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Wednesday, all of which were locally transmitted.

Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection advised the public still has to follow social distancing measures, in light of some measures being eased on Friday.

Ten of the local cases have unknown sources of infection—including a customs officer and a restaurant waiter. Chuang added there are 10 preliminary infections.

But Chuang said despite silent local transmissions in the community, the proportion of cases with untraceable infection sources has stayed at 30 to 40%.

“Due to the practical reason for the community, we can’t restrict social distancing measures forever. That’s why the government is relaxing bit by bit,” she said.

The Hong Kong government will start universal community testing for the coronavirus on Sept. 1 in a bid to detect the silent virus carriers.

The daily tally brings Hong Kong’s total coronavirus cases to 4,735.

The death of an 81-year-old infected male in Tuen Mun Hospital pushed the COVID-19 death toll up to 79. Twenty-seven patients are in still critical condition according to the Hospital Authority.