Hong Kong Outbreak, Polish President, Russia-Taliban: Your Tuesday Briefing


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Good morning.

We’re covering Hong Kong restrictions amid a coronavirus third wave, a second term for the Polish president and how the koala is helping find a cure for chlamydia.

Gatherings of more than four people and dining in restaurants after 6 p.m. will be banned. The restrictions were a disappointing setback for a city that until recently seemed to have a successful strategy to control the virus.

They will also make it harder for the pro-democracy opposition to organize protests against a sweeping national security law, which was imposed on June 30.

Details: Health officials said that the territory’s new spate of cases, including another 52 announced on Monday, was mainly connected to taxi drivers, restaurants and nursing homes.

Italy whistle-blower: A lawsuit by a nursing home employee who lost his job will test whether health care professionals risk retribution for pointing out dangerous conditions at medical centers.

Rice University, in Houston, is building nine big new classrooms this summer, all of them outdoors.

Five are open-sided circus tents that the university is buying, and another four are semi-permanent structures that workers are building in an open field near dorms, said Kevin Kirby, Rice’s vice president for administration. Students and professors will decorate the spaces with murals and video projections.

In the fall, the structures will host classes and student activities, while reducing health risks — since the coronavirus spreads less easily outdoors. Mr. Kirby describes the construction project as “a statement to the community.” The statement: “We’re creative. We’re resilient. And what we do matters.”



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