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Hong Kong ramps up COVID controls as cases reach record level

Carrie Lam vows to stick to 'dynamic zero' infection target

Hong Kongers joined long lines for COVID tests on Tuesday, with thousands subject to mandatory screening orders.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong said Tuesday that it would ramp up social distancing and other virus restrictions as it battles a record surge in infections sparked by the highly transmissible omicron variant while pressing on with its zero-COVID strategy.

Restrictions are to be widened to further limit gatherings and eating at restaurants, while hair salons and places of worship will join venues shuttered already.

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