July 31, 2020 / 8:53 AM / 14 days ago

Hong Kong reports 121 new coronavirus cases as local transmissions stay high

Customers wait to buy a take-away lunch after the government banned dine-in services, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hong Kong, China July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong reported 121 new coronavirus cases on Friday, including 118 that were locally transmitted, as authorities said the global financial hub faced a critical period to battle a third wave of the virus which has seen a resurgence this month.

The Chinese territory reported a daily record of 149 new cases on Thursday. Since late January, over 3,100 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 27 of whom have died.

Reporting by Yanni Chow; Writing by Farah Master

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