Hong Kong recorded 43 new coronavirus cases on Saturday - the biggest daily jump in more than three months, according to a statement from the city's Centre for Health Protection (CHP).
However, only those passengers will reportedly be allowed to board the flight who have been in the former British colony or Singapore for at least two weeks and have tested negative for COVID-19.
The head of Health, Sophia Chan, later pointed out in a press conference that the unusual measure is because the city is facing an increasing number of cases, and said that mass test campaigns are key to curb the transmission of covid.
Numerous latest cases are linked to dance clubs and the government has appealed to residents in affected areas to take a COVID test to help contain the outbreak.
Hong Kong issued its first compulsory testing order Sunday, requiring people who been on the premises of any of 14 dance centers this month to be screened.
To help contain the outbreak, mobile testing stations have been opened in several districts, and officials have urged residents in affected areas to take a coronavirus test.
Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung called on the public to strengthen self-discipline and self-protection, reduce unnecessary trips and gatherings, pay attention to personal and environmental hygiene, and strictly observe epidemic prevention regulations and restrictions.
" The situation in Hong Kong is deteriorating rapidly".
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