coronavirus update indiaas on : 22 September 2020 06:08 GMT+5:30
Hong Kong Declares Coronavirus Outbreak An 'Emergency'
Hong Kong on Saturday declared the outbreak of a mystery virus as an "emergency" -- the city's highest warning tier -- as authorities ramped up measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading.
The coronavirus has spread to several Asian countries from China.
New Delhi: Hong Kong declared the outbreak of a mystery virus as an "emergency", the city's highest warning tier, as authorities have increased and enhanced measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading.
Chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters, "Today I declare the lifting of the response level to emergency."
On Saturday morning, Lam held an emergency meeting with health officials after returning from Davos as criticism of her administration's response had risen in some quarters.
Out of the five people who have tested positive for the virus in Hong Kong, four people 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.
At a press conference Lam stated on saturday, all flights and trains from Wuhan would be cancelled until further notice.
There were no restrictions on transport from other Chinese cities, but all mainland arrivals will now need to sign a health declaration form.
She added, schools and universities which were currently on a Lunar New Year break, would remain closed until 17 February.
A string of public events, including a new year gala and next month's marathon, would also be called off.
Lam said, "We haven't seen serious and widespread infections (in Hong Kong), but we are taking this seriously and we hope to be ahead of the epidemic."
Lam currently boasts record low approval ratings after seven months of pro-democracy protests that have left the city ideologically torn apart and helped tip it into recession.
She said, in a nod to the political unrest "We must stand united so that we can prevent and control the disease."
The coronavirus has been named "2019-nCoV". Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), by which 349 people are killed, in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong between 2002 and 2003.
Those infected could experience flu-like symptoms, including fever, a cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat or runny nose.
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