The low number of local infections during this phase is in large part due to the community’s self-discipline and solidarity, and the emphasis on masks.
However, since mid-March, the number of confirmed cases starts to surge, even if it remains at very low levels compared to the United States, Western Europe or China during the peak of the crisis. On March 20, a record high 48 new cases is reported, bringing the total number to 256. Stricter measures have been implemented since then, but the number of Hong Kong residents returning from overseas and the risk posed by asymptomatic cases are posing challenges to the containment. As of April 10, Hong Kong has 990 confirmed cases.