People walk in the Hennessy Road in south China's Hong Kong, July 16, 2020. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaochu)

Hong Kong reports 33 new COVID-19 cases, many linked to restaurant cluster

Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 33 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, taking its total tally to 10,983.

The new cases included 31 local infections, of which 10 had an unknown origin. There were also about 20 cases testing positive for COVID-19 preliminarily, according to a CHP press briefing.

About half of the confirmed cases were related to an outbreak in a restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui, which has reported 34 infections in total so far, head of the Communicable Disease Branch of the CHP Chuang Shuk-kwan said at the press briefing.

Noting the growing number of daily new cases, Chuang said the rebound was expected after Lunar New Year and the recent relaxation of social distancing measures.

According to the Hospital Authority, 203 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, of which 17 are in critical condition.