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Hong Kong to close bars, nightclubs for the third time as new COVID-19 circumstances bounce

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong will shut bars, nightclubs and different leisure venues for the third time this yr, Well being Secretary Sophia Chan mentioned on Tuesday (Nov 24) as authorities scramble to deal with a renewed rise in COVID-19 circumstances.

Authorities are additionally reopening a brief COVID-19 therapy corridor close to town’s airport.

On Tuesday, Hong Kong reported 80 new coronavirus circumstances, taking the whole since late January to five,782 COVID-19 infections and 108 deaths.

The monetary hub has to this point managed to keep away from the widespread outbreak of the illness seen in lots of main cities internationally, with numbers each day largely in single digits or low double digits within the weeks previous to the spike.

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Pedestrians walk along a footbridge in Hong Kong
Pedestrians stroll alongside a footbridge in Hong Kong on Nov 24, 2020. (Picture: AFP/Peter Parks)

Greater than 180 of the circumstances in latest days have been linked to bop golf equipment.

“There are a number of transmission chains locally,” Chan instructed a information convention.

“We have to tighten all social distancing measures, as a result of the pandemic is extreme.”

Bars and nightclubs, in addition to different kinds of venues corresponding to karaoke and dance halls, might be closed initially for seven days till at the very least Dec 3. They had been first closed for a number of weeks in April and once more from mid-July to mid-September, earlier than restrictions had been progressively eased once more.

The latest jump in cases has brought about a journey bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore, resulting from launch on Sunday, to be postponed for at the very least two weeks.

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