COVID-19 rampages another day in Hong Kong on Feb. 23, with 8674 new instances reported and 24 additional fatalities.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, from the Centre for Health Protection, said there were 30 new patients of Delta variant, 5,428 were infected with Omicron, and 7,990 of the patients were locally transmitted.

More than 300 homes have been infected, with more than 300 staff and 900 residents diagnosed that day.

Dimsum Daily reported that as of Feb. 23, 4,234 patients were in the hospital, around 1,600 were quarantined in Penny’s Bay, with another 240 being held at Dorsett Tsuen Wan. A total of 24 individuals remain in critical condition. Only four of the patients have received their vaccinations. Only 10 of the 43 patients have been vaccinated, and 43 are still in critical condition.

According to the Hong Kong Free Press, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Feb. 22 that mandatory nationwide testing will start in March. All residents are expected to undergo three testing rounds, with expectation of up to 1 million tests per day.

Bloomberg reported from local media that restaurants that previously could seat four people at a table if they followed stringent immunization criteria will now only be permitted to seat two only. Hikers and anyone who engages in outdoor activities will be compelled to wear masks. Restrictions that were supposed to be lifted in the next several days, such as the closure of hair salons, will remain in place. The paper noted however that the local outlets did not clarify their sources.

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