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Bars to close again as 80 new coronavirus cases reported

25 November 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Bar managers are upset at the order shutting them down again

Bars and nightclubs are to close again starting Thursday as 80 new Covid-cases were reported today, Nov 24.

Fifty-four of the new cases are linked to the outbreak in dance clubs, making a total of 187 cases recorded in this cluster since Friday.

Health authorities fear the number will grow further as there were more than 50 preliminary cases reported today, and some of the infected patients had been to various venues as far away as Sheung Shui.

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Meanwhile, bar owners and managers are up in arms over the decision to close down their premises again, saying the new outbreak is not related to them at all, and they have taken enough preventive measures to keep the virus at bay.

They also said the government’s decision would seriously affect the livelihood of bar staff, most of whom do not even earn much.

This is the third time that nightclubs and bars have been closed since April, when about 100 patrons, staff and musicians had been stricken by the virus. They were shut again in mid-July and mid-September amid fresh outbreaks of the disease.

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To be shut along with the bars are saunas. Also from Thursday, banquets can only be held for up to 40 people.

The new restrictions were announced by Health Secretary Dr Sophia Chan, who also urged people to stay at home and avoid gathering with friends and family, or dining out amid the new wave of infections.

The new cases were reported from various districts across Hong Kong 

Of the local cases reported on Tuesday, 10 were untraceable, involving people who live in various districts across the city such as Sha Tin, Shau Kei Wan, Tai Wai, Tseung Kwan O, North Point, Tuen Mun, Sheung Shui, Shek Kip Mei and Repulse Bay

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They also included 12 imported cases, among whom was a 32-year-old female domestic helper who arrived from Manila via Cathay Pacific flight CX906 on Nov. 20 and showed symptoms.

There were also four returnees from Nepal, two from Turkey, and one each from Ukraine, Pakistan, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States.

Among the preliminary cases was a 15-year-old student from the Kiangsu-Chekiang College in North Point, which has been closed, and all its pupils required to undergo tests.

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Hong Kong’s total cases have now reached 5,782. Of these, 290 are being treated in 19 hospitals of the Hospital Authority, with seven in critical condition, two in serious condition, and 281 in stable condition.

 

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