July 10, 2020 / 9:11 AM / a month ago

New Hong Kong coronavirus cases stay high for 3rd day

A student wears a surgical mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hong Kong, China July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong reported 38 new coronavirus cases on Friday, edging down from Thursday’s 42 but broadly in line with a sharp increase that the city has registered over the past three days.

Amid concerns of a renewed community spread it had reported mostly imported cases for months, authorities said 32 of the new cases were locally transmitted, little changed from Thursday’s 34.

The total number of cases in the global financial hub since late January stands at 1,404, of whom seven have died.

Reporting by Twinnie Siu, Yanni Chow, Donny Kwok, Clare Jim and Carol Mang; Writing by Farah Master; editing by John Stonestreet

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