Hong Kong reports 133 new COVID-19 cases as local transmissions stay high

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Hong Kong COVID-19

Hong Kong COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk at Mid-Levels Central, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hong Kong, China July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

HONG KONG– Hong Kong reported 133 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, including 126 that were locally transmitted, a record for a daily increase, as authorities warned that the city faces a critical period in containing the virus.

The Asian financial hub reported 123 new cases on Friday, after it extended strict social distancing measures this week.

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Since late January, more than 2,000 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 18 of whom have died.

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