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Hong Kong to quarantine visitors from mainland China

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Published on February 10, 2020 with No Comments

Hong Kong is to impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all visitors from mainland China as it battles to prevent the spread of a coronavirus outbreak. The policy comes into effect on Saturday but officials refused to close the border entirely, as demanded by medical staff who have gone on strike. Hong Kong, which has 21 confirmed cases and one fatality, suffered 300 deaths in the Sars outbreak in 2002-03.

Haunting drone footage of the central Chinese city of Wuhan shows a normally bustling metropolis transformed into a ghost town following the coronavirus outbreak.

The aerial video was taken by a journalist working with ChinaFile and shows the city under lockdown after authorities ordered an unprecedented quarantine of 11 million people there on Jan. 23, in an effort to contain the deadly outbreak.

The new virus, labelled 2019-nCov, is believed to have originated in a live meat market in Wuhan.

Wuhan’s airport can be seen from the air, with planes parked at the disused terminals. Huge bridges across the city’s waterways are practically empty.

The city’s downtown core is likewise missing its usual throngs of people. Most residents remain indoors and those that do venture out for food can be seen wearing surgical masks.

The footage was taken in late January and early February, according to ChinaFile.

The coronavirus has infected more than 24,000 people globally and killed nearly 500.

 

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