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Hong Kong prepares to reopen: Carrie Lam

Hong Kong: Hong Kong has announced plans to reopen government offices and some public facilities, as Chief Executive Carrie Lam took cautious steps to get the city back to work amid the threat of further coronavirus outbreaks and fresh political protests.

Government employees will start returning to offices on May 4 and the city is preparing to open facilities including museums and libraries, Lam said on Tuesday. Authorities have yet to decide whether to extend social distancing measures beyond May 7, she said, as the city continues to see success containing daily cases.

“When we relax these measures, if the need arises, we may need to tighten them again until there is a vaccine developed,” she said at a briefing before a meeting of her advisory Executive Council.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.Credit:AP

The move to reopen came the same day New Zealand emerged from nearly five weeks of strict nationwide lockdown, offering a return to work for up to half a million people. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern lowered the alert level to three, allowing workers to return to factories and construction sites and takeaway food outlets to reopen and fuelling hopes that economic activity will pick up, though many restrictions remain in place.

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