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Hong Kong to Close Beaches as Outbreak Persists, Local Media Say

Repulse Bay beach in Hong Kong, China.

Repulse Bay beach in Hong Kong, China.

Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong will close its beaches starting Thursday, local media reported, days after residents enjoying the sand and waves caused an outcry across the border where authorities were locking down the Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen.

Beaches will be cordoned off by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to prevent the public from entering, the Hong Kong Economic Times and other outlets reported, without citing sources. The city previously closed its beaches in July 2021 for several months during an earlier flareup.