A record surge of cases in Hong Kong triggering the city's toughest pandemic measures yet.
Today we are in a severe pandemic situation.
I hope that the public will accept that we have to go back to the most stringent level.
From Thursday, only two people will be allowed to dine out together,
more venues including places of worship will be ordered to close.
And for the first time, there will be limitations on private gatherings at home, too.
The new round of measures also focus on the need for "vaccine passes" in order to improve low vaccination rates among the elderly,
with residents needing to prove they're immunized against COVID-19 to enter shopping malls and wet markets.
I agree with the measures, because the situation is worsening, otherwise how can we get the virus under control. We have to be patient.
我支持这些举措，因为现在疫情正在恶化，不然的话，我们怎么能控制住病毒 。我们必须要有耐心 。
Mainland Chinese authorities have offered to help with labor shortages if hospitals become overwhelmed.
For now, Hong Kong appears to be sticking to the same "zero-tolerance" strategy adopted by the mainland, with lockdowns and mass testing now commonplace.