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Hong Kong union calls strike to demand China border closure

Hong Kong union calls strike to demand China border closure”

Lam pointed out that the HKSAR government's recent measures of reducing transport services between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland have led to a significant decline in the number of travelers to Hong Kong, adding the HKSAR government will further enhance medical surveillance of possible patients and contacts.

"If someone thinks that extreme means could force the hand of Hong Kong S.A.R. the government and the Hospital Authority, threatening us to do unreasonable things that would harm the public, they are wrong", he said.

Meanwhile, infectious diseases expert Professor Yuen Kwok-yung warned that if a current case in Hong Kong was proved to be a local transmission, it would be a very risky sign for the city.

Additional measures in this regard include sending all the Hong Kong residents who have been to Hubei Province in the past 14 days into quarantine centers, and tracking down visitors from Hubei who stay in hotels in Hong Kong and strengthening medical surveillance of them.

HAEA chairwoman Winnie Yu said she expected around 9,000 of the alliance's roughly 18,000 members to strike on Tuesday.

The health scare comes after months of at times violent anti-government protests in Hong Kong triggered by fears the city's autonomy, guaranteed under a "one country, two systems" formula, is being eroded by Beijing.

Lam also said she "cannot rule out taking further measures if the situation evolves".

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About 100 people rallied in the heart of Hong Kong's financial district in support of the health workers" union, with some holding banners saying: "Close Borders, Contain Epidemics'.

Hong Kong, which was already in disarray following months of anti-Beijing protests when the coronavirus outbreak started at the end of a year ago, suffers from much public discontent with the city's response to the epidemic.

About 90 percent of the city's food is imported, with the bulk coming from the mainland, according to official data.

Toy shop owner Lam Wa-yin, 45, said closing the border would intensify worries about supplies of staples.

"It'll get worse if it is fully closed".

Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority said public hospitals, as of noon and over the past 24 hours, admitted 47 patients who met the reporting criteria of novel coronavirus infection.



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