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Hong Kong Suspends Rail And Ferry Links With China As Virus Spreads

Hong Kong Suspends Rail And Ferry Links With China As Virus Spreads

Hong Kong is suspending all cross border high speed rail and ferry services and limiting flights to mainland China as it seeks to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.


  • Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that the train and ferry services would be suspended from Thursday, while the number of flights would be halved.

  • Personal travel permits for mainland China would also be suspended, she said in an address as she wore a facemask, Reuters reported.

  • Hong Kong has been weighing up several options for limiting the flow of people between the mainland and the hub. Around 400 people from Hubei who have tried to enter this week have been denied entry, the South China Morning Post reported.

  • Some 106 people have died, while 4,614 cases have been reported of the pneumonia-like virus, mostly in mainland China. Eight of those cases are in Hong Kong, while there are 36 across the rest of Asia.

  • The virus, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has spread to Europe, Australia and North America since the first case was reported in China on December 8.

  • The disease is spread through droplets from coughing and sneezing and is believed to have originated from illegally traded animals in a Wuhan food market. Early symptoms include coughing, fever, and breathing difficulties.
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