A man eats a takeaway meal outside a restaurant in Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong on July 29 as new social distancing measures came into effect to combat a new wave of coronavirus infections. (Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP)
Hong Kong has begun implementing stricter restrictions after Covid-19 cases began to spiral this week, raising concerns about poor people's plight in the Chinese territory in the third wave of pandemic infections.
The administration banned dining out and gatherings of more than two people from July 29 to contain the spread of the pandemic after 145 new cases were reported on July 27, Hong Kong's highest single-day spike.
The strict measures will affect "the grassroots who do not have a fixed place to eat, such as construction workers, drivers, couriers and cleaning workers," said Jackie Hung, project officer of the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong Diocese.
"Now more of them will have to eat lunch under the scorching sun. Imagine their case on a rainy and windy day," said Hung.