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Wuhan virus: Hong Kong declares outbreak an 'emergency'


Wuhan virus: Hong Kong declares outbreak an 'emergency'
People line up for free vitamin C tablets and hand sanitiser in Hong Kong on Jan 24, 2020.

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday (Jan 25) 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 Feb 17, 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 on-going mask supplies were adequate.

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