Hong Kong may postpone highly anticipated legislative elections scheduled for September 6, citing a worsening Covid-19 outbreak, local media reports said.
An announcement could come as soon as Friday evening, multiple Hong Kong newspapers and TV stations said.
They all quoted unnamed sources.
A postponement would be a setback for the pro-democracy opposition, which was hoping to capitalise on disenchantment with the current pro-Beijing majority to make gains.
A group of 22 politicians issued a statement accusing the government of using the outbreak as an excuse to delay the vote.