Topics : “There will be a substantial boosting of the testing capacity in the public and private sector, a more than 10-fold increase.”Hong Kong had seen a resurgence of locally transmitted cases since the start of July but the daily number has fallen from triple digits in recent weeks to low double digits.The former British colony still has a relatively low number of overall cases globally. Since late January, over 4,600 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 75 of whom have died.Restrictions including a ban on dining at restaurants after 6 p.m. and the mandatory wearing of masks in all outdoor public areas are set to remain in force until at least August 25.Businesses across the city have been reeling from the restrictions with many industries calling on the government for urgent financial support. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Friday that mass testing of residents for coronavirus in the Asian financial hub will begin on Sept. 1, as she warned people not to be complacent despite a steady fall in the number of new infections.The testing, which will be done with the assistance of a 60-person team from the mainland, is the first time Chinese health officials have assisted the special administrative region in its battle to control the pandemic.The testing will be voluntary and take around two weeks to complete, Lam said.
They lost by intervals of 90 feet, the way playoff teams usually lose, the way the Dodgers have lost and lost and lost.In the end they sat in their spiffy clubhouse, shielded from the delirious cries of “Dan-iel Murphy” from the Mets fans outside.It wasn’t just Murphy who drop-kicked the Dodgers out of the NL Division Series on Thursday night, although he did have the sixth-inning home run that won it, 3-2 in runs, 3-2 in games as well.It was the inability to master the nuts and bolts that make the house stand up, or let it fall. It was futility with men in scoring position. It was the one bad pitch that always seems to beat real good Dodgers pitchers. The converted shortstop from Steton University in DeLand, Fla. stopped overthrowing just in time to keep the Dodgers from blowing it open early. He struck out Yasmani Grandal and Hernandez with a man on third in the first. He struck ut Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez with a man on third in the second. He got a double play ball from Hernandez with a man on second in the third. After that he was rolling, somehow knowing just when to offset his high-90s stuff with a knee-dislocating breaking ball.Noah Syndergaard did the same thing in the seventh. Jeurys Familia did the same thing in the eighth and ninth. “We have some free agents, but our young pitchers are going nowhere,” manager Terry Collins said. “They’re going to be tough to deal with for a while.”What more could Greinke have done? “I thought I pitched as well as I have all season,” he said. But the playoff opponent usually has good arms, too, and sometimes a quality start isn’t good enough.Greinke’s 3-2 pitch to Murphy was right there in the nitro zone, and Murphy didn’t miss any of those throughout the series. The Mets’ second baseman, himself a prospective free agent, becomes the first player other than the Angels’ Kole Calhouin to get home runs off both Greinke and Kershaw this season.“Everything else was kind of fluky,” Greinke said.He’s right, Welcome to the Dodgers, although Greinke now can escape his contract and pursue a title on firmer ground somewhere.The signature play of Game 5 will be Murphy, getting to second on Lucas Duda’s walk in the fourth inning — and why in the world did Greinke do that? — and dashing to third base as if he were hallucinating. The crowd began to celebrate Murphy’s wrongheadedness until it spotted the same thing Murphy did. A vacuum on third base.The Dodgers were in one of those snazzy, modern defensive shifts, you see. Their shortstop, Corey Seager, has been in the big leagues since September. They don’t shift in Oklahoma City or Tulsa.He was still on the right side of the infield, and he did not react to Murphy, and nobody else told him to. “It should have been communicated better,” Mattingly said.“It was a mistake,” Greinke said, “but there were a bunch of mistakes that cost us this game.”And of course, Mattingly will be barbecued for that, with some justification.• HOFFARTH: TBS fails to ask Mattingly about Ethier screaming matchBut then there was Curtis Granderson beating out a ground ball, again with the Dodgers shifted, in the very first inning, and being called safe on replay, and Murphy driving him in with a double that Hernandez bobbled in left field, where he hasn’t been playing.The TV audience was entertained, or horrified, by Andre Ethier’s tantrum in Mattingly’s direction, in the fifth inning. Mattingly said Ethier was livid over a call by Gary Cederstrom at the plate. “I didn’t take it that he was yelling at me,” Mattingly said, “but maybe he was because I was trying to calm him down.”It was nothing, but it was typical. The Dodgers and their stadium make a lot of noise, before and after it matters. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And it was the hideous fundamental mistake that never goes unpunished on this stage.Regardless, the Dodgers are out. They have won one playoff series in this decade. Of the four surviving playoff teams, none rank in the top eight in team payrolls. The Dodgers, of course, are first. Their trophy case has not needed rearranging for 27 years now.“It’s not like we didn’t have our chances,” Enrique Hernandez said. “We had every chance in the world. Zack (Greinke) pitched his butt off tonight. To only score two runs tonight was pretty frustrating.”• PHOTOS: Mets eliminate Dodgers in Game 5And yet it has been frustrating all season, although maybe not 2-for-13 frustrating. Take a deep bow, Jacob deGrom.