July 13, 2020 / 1:12 PM / a month ago

Hong Kong tightens social distancing again as coronavirus cases spike

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, wearing a protective mask, speaks during a news conference over global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong will tighten back limits on public gatherings from Wednesday amid growing worries over an escalating third wave of coronavirus infections in the city, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Monday.

The government will limit group gatherings to four people -from 50 - a measure last seen during a second wave in March. Some establishments, such as gyms and gaming centres, will have to shut down for a week, while restaurants will only be allowed to give out takeaway after 6.00 p.m.

The global financial hub recorded 52 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, including 41 that were locally transmitted, health authorities said. Since late January, the Chinese-ruled city has reported 1,522 cases and local media reported an eighth death on Monday.

Reporting by Yanni Chow and Carol Mang; Writing by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Alex Richardson

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