Hong Kong Book Fair 2020 postponed amid spike in coronavirus cases

  • The annual event, which attracts a million bookworms every year, is being pushed back as a precaution as more Covid-19 cases are reported
  • Attractions this year were to include a Bruce Lee exhibition
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The Hong Kong Book Fair has been postponed due to a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases, the organiser 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 to the Convention and Exhibition Centre annually, will be rescheduled at a later, unspecified date.

Three other July fairs and expos were postponed.

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.

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The city has reported 1,470 cases and seven deaths. Among the 38 new cases on Sunday, 30 were local infections.

For readers who entered our ticket giveaway, keep your eyes peeled for news of a new contest when the book fair has been rearranged.