Visitors browse books at a Sino United Publishing booth at the annual Hong Kong Book Fair in Hong Kong on July 20, 2019. (AFP/Laurel Chor)
The Hong Kong Book Fair has been postponed due to a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases in the global financial hub, the organizer said on Monday, just two days before the exhibition was due to open.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council said the fair, which draws one million visitors annually, will be rescheduled at a later, unspecified date. Three other July fairs and expos were postponed.
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Hong Kong authorities have warned of an escalating third wave of coronavirus infections, prompting the suspension of all schools and some tighter social distancing requirements.
The city has reported 1,470 cases and seven deaths. Among the 38 new cases on Sunday, 30 were local infections.
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