Coronavirus: Hong Kong implements strict measures amid new cases

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Masks have been made mandatory in public places

Hong Kong is introducing some of its toughest measures to control the coronavirus, after a sustained spike in new cases.

As of Wednesday, dining in restaurants is prohibited and only two people from different homes can meet.

Masks should also be used in all public places.

Hong Kong, which had had early success against Covid-19, now regularly reports on more than 100 new cases daily.

The restrictions have become tighter this month with bars, gyms and beauty salons already closed.

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Hong Kong confirmed another 106 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday and reported its 23rd general death. There were 145 record cases on Monday.

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Dining in restaurants has been banned

“There is no place for complacency at the moment. We have yet to watch the trend,” said Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch at the Center for Health Protection, the South China Morning reported. Post.

“We have not seen exponential growth [in infections] Still, but the numbers are still worrying. “

The last person to die from the virus was a resident of a nursing home where at least 45 infections have been reported.

Local scientists have expressed fear that a strain of the virus circulating in Hong Kong may cause further damage. It is said to have not mutated for at least 22 days, meaning it could have adapted well to humans, making it easier to transmit.

The new measures come amid reports from local media that elections to Hong Kong’s parliament, the Legislative Council, could be postponed for a year.

Media HK01, Hong Kong Economic Times and TVB said the government had made the decision, which has not yet been formally announced, due to concerns about the coronavirus.