Hong Kong further tightens its tough COVID rules

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People wearing face masks and queue at a makeshift nucleic acid testing centre for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tsuen Wan of Hong Kong, China February 8, 2022. REUTERS/Lam Yik

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HONG KONG, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong will limit public gatherings to two people and close sites such as churches and hair salons, leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday, as the Asian financial hub battles a growing coronavirus outbreak that has caused record infections.

Existing social distancing measures will be extended to Feb. 24, Lam told a media briefing. These include a ban on dining in restaurants after 6 p.m. and the closure of gymnasiums and cinemas.

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Reporting by Marius Zaharia and Twinnie Siu; Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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