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Hong Kong again closing bars, nightclubs amid surge in virus cases

Hong Kong again closing bars, nightclubs amid surge in virus cases
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Hong Kong Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Tuesday that the city will shut down bars and nightclubs amid a new rise in COVID-19 cases, Reuters reported.

Hong Kong will also reportedly close entertainment venues like dance halls and karaoke spots for at least seven days.

“There are multiple transmission chains in the community. We need to tighten all social-distancing measures, because the pandemic is severe," Chan stated in a news conference, according to Reuters.

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Officials are also set to temporarily reopen a coronavirus treatment facility near the airport in Hong Kong. 

The city reported about 80 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, upping its total number of infections to 5,782 since January. Nearly 180 of the latest coronavirus cases within the city have been connected to dance clubs, Reuters noted.

On Sunday, Hong Kong's government announced a plan to spur testing, rewarding residents who are found to be infected. The government also recently ordered mandatory tests for people who visited 14 dance clubs linked to coronavirus clusters.

A total of 108 deaths from the virus have been reported in Hong Kong.