Coronavirus live updates: Cases top 850,000 globally

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A medical worker stands at a site for Covid-19 tests in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on March 31 in Hong Kong.
A medical worker stands at a site for Covid-19 tests in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on March 31 in Hong Kong. Qin Louyue/China News Service via Getty Images

Hong Kong is currently seeing a second wave of infections from imported coronavirus cases, after an initial outbreak was mostly brought under control in the city.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Hong Kong has reported 714 cases, up from 407 a week ago on March 25.

To date, 50,000 mandatory quarantine orders have been issued for travelers returning to the city, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced during a regular news briefing on Tuesday.

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The city has also conducted 90,000 laboratory tests for the virus — a rate of 12,000 tests per million people — making it one of the highest test rates in the world, according to Dr. Wong Ka-hing, director of the Centre for Health Protection. 

The government has identified at least 70 people who have breached their mandatory self-isolation orders, Lam said, forcing the government to adopt a “zero-tolerance” policy.

Offenders risk being sent to a mandatory government quarantine center. They could also face fines of up to 25,000 Hong Kong dollars ($3,225) and six months in prison.



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