News reports has emerged from Hong Kong stating that the government there will temporarily close some of its borders with China and also suspend tourist visas to Chinese travellers in an effort to contain the coronavirus.
Flights from the mainland to Hong Kong will be halved, and the high-speed railway will be suspended, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam said Tuesday afternoon at a press conference.
Multiple ferry routes will be suspended and the number of cross-border buses will be reduced. Starting from Thursday, several ports of entry will stop operation, including passenger services at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, Hung Hom Station, Sha Tau Kok and Man Kam To.
Lam also said the central authorities have approved 49 mainland cities stopping issuing new endorsements under the Individual Visit Scheme. The number of visitors under the scheme accounted for about half of mainland visitors entering Hong Kong.
There have been eight confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus reported in Hong Kong.
Up to 1830, the death toll has remained at 106, all in China while the number of infected patients now stands at close to 5,000, mostly in Hubei’s Wuhan city.
A reported 125 are in critical condition in Wuhan while authorities battle to build additional hospitals and other facilities to care for the mounting number of patients and those who have panic attacks over the disease and fear they have got inflicted, crowing an already stretched medical system in the province.
Meanwhile in Cambodia, the sole victim to date is reportedly recovering but is still in hospital along with his three family members for observation and are quarantined.
Information gathered from arriving passengers at Phnom Penh international airport and Sihanoukville international airport revealed slack screening.
There are also more than 60 confirmed cases in 17 places outside China. Japan meanwhile reported its first case of a patient who had not travelled to Wuhan but had driven a tour group from China.