Wuhan Coronavirus: Hong Kong declares emergency, halts official visits to mainland China; city confirms five cases, 122 under observation

  • Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam declared a virus emergency in the city while suspending official visits to mainland China and official Lunar New Year celebrations

  • Lam also said that inbound and outbound flights and high-speed rail trips between Hong Kong and Wuhan would be halted

  • Hong Kong has sought the assistance from China’s State Council to ensure mask supplies were adequate

Hong Kong: Carrie Lamm, the current Chief Executive of Hong Kong, on Saturday declared a virus emergency in the Asian financial hub, announcing a package of measures to limit the city’s links with mainland China.

Schools, now on Lunar New Year holidays, would remain shut until 17 February, while inbound and outbound flights and high-speed rail trips between Hong Kong and Wuhan would be halted.

Lam said all official visits to the mainland and official Lunar New Year celebrations would be scrapped immediately.

She also said she had sought the assistance from China’s State Council to ensure mask supplies were adequate.

The city’s health authorities have confirmed five coronavirus cases, all linked to Wuhan, where the virus first appeared, with a further 122 people being treated as suspected of having the disease.

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Updated Date: Jan 25, 2020 17:04:02 IST