Hong Kong records no new local Covid-19 cases for first time since early July


Karaoke lounges, swimming pools, bars and nightclubs in Hong Kong can reopen from Friday, with the city recording zero local coronavirus cases for the first time since the third wave of infections erupted in early July.

The announcement by authorities on Tuesday meant all 14 types of establishments – including the city’s two major theme parks – that were forced to close earlier as the pandemic raged can resume operations after four rounds of rules-easing. But public gatherings would still be limited to four people.

“It is not a total relaxation of measures. It’s with conditions centred on reducing the risks of mask-off activities, having a capacity limit on the number of people, as well as [setting] a distance between people when these activities are carried out,” health minister Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee said.

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