March 20, 2020 / 8:53 AM / 14 days ago

Hong Kong sees 48 new cases of coronavirus, bulk of infections imported

Rescue workers wearing face masks following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) take part in an anti-terrorism drill involving a bomb plot at Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Public Transport Interchange in Hong Kong, China March 20, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong said on Friday it had recorded 48 new cases of coronavirus, a one-day record, as the city hunkers down to deal with a flood of people returning from overseas who are infected with the virus.

The number brings the total of confirmed cases in the global financial hub to 256. Of the confirmed new cases, 36 had overseas travel records, the government said.

Reporting by Donny Kwok and Felix Tam; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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