Hong Kong reports 42 new COVID-19 infections, increase in local infections for second day

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Hong Kong reported 42 new coronavirus cases on Thursday (Jul 9), of which 34 were locally transmitted, marking the second consecutive day of a jump in local infections and fuelling fears of renewed community spread.

The total number of cases in the global financial hub since late January now stands at 1,366. Seven people have died.

Of the 34 local transmissions reported on Thursday, 23 were from an elderly home, said local authorities.

Authorities also said on Thursday the number of people at each table in a restaurant would be capped at eight, while no more than four could be seated in a bar together, with the restrictions due to take effect from midnight on Friday.

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