HONG KONG, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 115 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking its total tally to 6,238.
The newly confirmed cases involved 109 local infections and the remaining six were imported. Of the local cases, 24 had an unknown source of infection, 62 were related to a dancing cluster, which has caused 479 infections so far.
Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the CHP's Communicable Disease Branch, said the recent trend of the number of newly confirmed cases showed that this wave of epidemic in Hong Kong is severer than the last one.
The last wave of epidemic in Hong Kong peaked in late July when the number of daily additional confirmed cases once reached 149.
In view of the latest epidemic situation, the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Sunday announced the suspension of face-to-face classes and school activities of kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools until the start of Christmas break.
According to Hong Kong's Hospital Authority, 642 COVID-19 patients are still being treated in local hospitals, including 11 in critical condition.