HK to ease some social distancing rules

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  • The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will ease some of its social distancing rules, announced Chief Executive Carrie Lam at a press conference on Tuesday.

    The decision comes following no new local virus infection cases in the region for 16 straight days.

    Lam also announced a loosening in gathering restrictions on groups of four to eight for dining establishments. Schools will gradually reopen after May 27, she said.

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    In This Story: Hong Kong

    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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