Hong Kong Quarantines ALL Visitors for 14 Days, Includes Expats

Source: scmp

All travellers from mainland China entering (China) Hong Kong, including local residents, would be required to go into quarantine for 14 days, the citys leader said on Wednesday, as she also disclosed the government was setting aside a HK$10 billion fund to tackle the deadly coronaviru outbreak.

Confirming an earlier report by the Post, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the quarantine measures would be done through invoking the chief executives special powers under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance.

The measure would take effect on Saturday to enable residents affected to make adjustments to their plans, she added.

But Lam did not make it immediately clear how the quarantine would be enforced, including where the travellers would stay.

Lam also apologised for her remarks the previous day when she sparked controversy by demanding that government officials only wear masks under strict circumstances in a bid to conserve supplies. She clarified that when she said she would discourage them from wearing masks if they were not sick, she was only talking about principal officials.

Hong Kong recorded its first death related to the coronavirus on Tuesday.

On the outbreak, Lam said by midnight, there were 24,324 coronavirus cases in mainland China, while in Hong Kong, the situation has worsened. On Tuesday and Wednesday, there had been six new cases, increasing the total to 21. The three confirmed cases on Tuesday had no travel history.

It is worrying the coming 14 days will be key, she added.

The situation has entered another critical stage. After consulting medical experts, I am announcing the further reduction of cross-border traffic.

The chief executive said the government would also suspend immigration services at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Ocean Terminal.

She said the HK$10 billion (US$1.28 billion) fund would be set up to help the city fight the outbreak.

We must unite and set aside our differences, so that we can win this war against the disease, Lam said.

She also said it was likely the government would have to extend civil servants work from home arrangements, confirming another Post report. There is a high chance. We will announce it as soon as possible, she said.

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