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Hong Kong reports 123 new coronavirus cases as local transmissions stay high

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker in protective suit collects a swab from a man to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a specimen collection point for taxi drivers inside a car park in Hong Kong, China July 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong reported 123 new coronavirus cases on Friday, including 115 that were locally transmitted, a new daily record, as authorities warn the city faces a critical period in containing the virus.

The global financial hub reported 118 new cases on Thursday, after it extended strict social distancing measures this week.

Since late January, more than 2,000 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 16 of whom have died.

Reporting by Twinnie Siu; Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Alex Richardson