Hong Kong Declares Coronavirus Outbreak An Emergency, 41 Dead In Chin

Hong Kong Declares Coronavirus Outbreak An Emergency, 41 Dead In Chin

25/01/2020

WORLD NEWS SERVICE

Coronavirus: Hong Kong on Saturday declared the outbreak of the mystery virus as an "emergency", the city's highest warning tier.

Hong Kong: 

Hong Kong on Saturday declared a mystery virus outbreak as an "emergency" -- the city's highest warning tier -- as authorities ramped up measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading.

"Today I declare the lifting of the response level to emergency," chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters.

Lam held emergency meetings with health officials on Saturday morning after returning from Davos as criticism of her administration's response had risen in some quarters.

Of the five people who have tested positive for the virus in Hong Kong so far, four arrived via a newly built high-speed train terminal which connects with the mainland.

That has led to calls from some to limit, or even halt, arrivals from the Chinese mainland, which remains the epicentre of the outbreak with 41 people dead so far.

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