HONG KONG—Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she would postpone coming legislative elections for a year, citing a recent surge in coronavirus cases, in a move likely to fuel international furor over the city’s fast-diminishing political freedoms.

The city’s top local official told reporters that after recording more than 100 new infections daily for 10 straight days, Hong Kong faced a dire health situation. She cited risks of spreading the disease if 4.4 million voters turned out and said people stranded across the mainland Chinese…



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