Coronavirus: Hong Kong COVID-19 cases jump for second day

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

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

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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