Coronavirus cases in China fall as Hong Kong reports another rise in COVID-19 deaths

A man wearing a face mask walks past a shuttered shop space covered in rental advertisements in Hong Kong. (File photo: Reuters)

New locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus reported in China have fallen into the single digits, but Hong Kong is seeing another rise in hospitalizations and deaths.

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China’s National Health Commission said Thursday that eight new cases were registered in the last 24 hours in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose main city of Urumqi has enacted lockdown measures and travel restrictions to control China’s latest outbreak.

An additional 11 cases were brought by Chinese returning from overseas.

Hong Kong, meanwhile, has 62 new cases, up from 33 on Wednesday, along with an additional five deaths.

The semi-autonomous southern Chinese city has required masks be worn in all public settings and limited indoor dining among other measures to curb a new outbreak.

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Last Update: Thursday, 13 August 2020 KSA 08:12 - GMT 05:12
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