Hong Kong Tightens Coronavirus Restrictions as Cases Hit Record

By Reuters
July 19, 2020Chinashare
Hong Kong Tightens Coronavirus Restrictions as Cases Hit Record
A Food and Environmental Hygiene Department contractor takes part in cleaning and disinfecting of a wet market on July 19, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

HONG KONG—Hong Kong tightened coronavirus restrictions on Sunday, with non-essential civil servants told to work from home from this week, as the global financial hub reported a record number of daily cases.

Earlier on Sunday, an event by pro-democracy politicians to mark the one-year anniversary of an attack in a train station by an armed mob was stopped by police in riot gear for breaking coronavirus measures already in place that restrict group gatherings to four people.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told a news conference the city recorded more than 100 cases in the past 24 hours, the most since the pandemic took hold in late January, taking the tally close to 2,000 patients, 12 of whom have died.

“The situation is very serious and there is no sign of it coming under control,” Lam said.

Amusement parks, gyms, and 10 other types of venues will remain closed for another seven days, while a requirement for restaurants to only provide takeaway after 6 p.m. was extended. Face masks will be mandatory in indoor public areas.

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