Hong Kong reports 19 new coronavirus cases, down from recent spike

Reuters Hong Kong, Hong Kong Jul 15, 2020, 02.29 PM(IST)

People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak sit on a bus in Hong Kong, China July 14, 2020 Photograph:( Reuters )

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Wednesday's toll dropped substantially from Tuesday's 48 new cases

Hong Kong reported 19 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including 14 that were locally transmitted, as new social distancing measures came into force and as authorities warned that the risk of a large-scale outbreak remained high. 

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Wednesday's toll dropped substantially from Tuesday's 48 new cases. The city had registered a sharp increase in the number of cases in the past week with the majority of cases transmitted locally.

Since late January, the global financial hub has reported more than 1,500 cases and eight deaths.

Strict measures

Hong Kong will imposed strict new social distancing measures from midnight Tuesday, the most stringent in the Asian financial hub since the coronavirus broke out, as authorities warn the risk of a large-scale outbreak is extremely high. 

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The measures dictate that face masks will be mandatory for people using public transport and restaurants will no longer provide dine in services and only offer takeaway after 6 pm.

Both are new rules that were not implemented during the city's first and second coronavirus waves earlier this year. If a person does not wear a mask on public transport, they face a fine of HK$5,000 ($645).