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Hong Kong Limits Gatherings to Four After Record Virus Surge

  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces new control measures
  • Financial hub reported 65 new coronavirus cases Friday
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Hong Kong announced plans to ban gatherings of more than four people and close cinemas, gyms and arcades, after the Asian financial center recorded its largest one-day surge in coronavirus cases.

The city is asking restaurants to reduce their capacity by half, Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters Friday. The measures at eateries also require them to keep tables at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart, limit seatings to four people per table and enact temperature checks for those entering. They will take effect at midnight on Sunday.