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Beach Gathering To Celebrate Easter Laced With Social Distancing: Hong Kong & Singapore Might Witness Spike In New Cases

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Over the Easter weekend many Hong Kongers headed to the beach for some socially-distanced fun. The city, which has been praised for its swift control of its outbreak, has seen its number of infections decline steadily in recent weeks with just four new cases reported on Sunday, the lowest figure since mid-March.

Authorities have warned residents not to get complacent as they expect another possible wave of infections as mainland China begins to lift lock-downs in some cities – but that didn’t stop people from getting some sun.

It was a different story in Singapore, which is currently battling a new spike in cases mostly fueled by infections among its migrant worker community. The city is effectively under lockdown, and over the weekend its beaches were closed off while authorities introduced harsher penalties for flouting social distancing laws. Singaporeans are allowed to go out to exercise, but can’t loiter in groups in public spaces, and in recent days’ thousands of warnings were issued to people caught gathering in parks and beaches.

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