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Coronavirus outbreak: Hong Kong to quarantine all visitors from mainland China

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HONG KONG: All visitors from mainland China to Hong Kong will be quarantined for 14 days, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday (Feb 5).

Lam said the measures were aimed at curbing the cross-border flow of people to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which originated from Wuhan in the central Hubei province.

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There have been 21 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Hong Kong, with one death.

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Lam told reporters at a press conference that the Hong Kong government will also allocate HK$10 billion (US$1.29 billion) to fight the spread of the coronavirus, which has sickened more than 20,000 people and killed more than 400.

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Two cruise terminals in Hong Kong will be closed, she added.

Lam said on Monday that Hong Kong would suspend 10 out of 13 border crossings with mainland China. The crossings that remain open are the city's airport, the Hong-Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and the Shenzhen Bay joint checkpoint.

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