July 13, 2020 / 5:20 AM / a month ago

Hong Kong Book Fair postponed amid spike in coronavirus cases

FILE PHOTO: People wear surgical masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hong Kong, China July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Hong Kong Book Fair has been postponed due to a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases in the global financial hub, the organiser said on Monday, just two days before the exhibition was due to open.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council said the fair, which draws one million visitors annually, will be rescheduled at a later, unspecified date. Three other July fairs and expos were postponed.

Hong Kong authorities have warned of an escalating third wave of coronavirus infections, prompting the suspension of all schools and some tighter social distancing requirements. The city has reported 1,470 cases and seven deaths. Among the 38 new cases on Sunday, 30 were local infections.

Reporting By Donny Kwok, Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Kim Coghill

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