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Hong Kong to shut football pitches and museums in virus fight

By AFP

Added 28th January 2020 11:43 AM

All recreational facilities will be temporarily shut from Wednesday to "avoid people gathering", authorities said.

Hong Kong to shut football pitches and museums in virus fight

Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New Year of the Rat public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AFP Photo)

All recreational facilities will be temporarily shut from Wednesday to "avoid people gathering", authorities said.

VIRUS   HEALTH

Hong Kong said Tuesday it was closing a range of public facilities from sports centres to campsites in a bid to curb the spread of a SARS-like virus that has left more than 100 dead across China.

All recreational facilities will be temporarily shut from Wednesday to "avoid people gathering", authorities said.

The financial hub has declared the novel coronavirus a public "emergency" and on Saturday announced ramped-up measures to reduce the risk of more infections.

Eight people in Hong Kong are known to be suffering from the illness. Of those, six arrived via a newly built high-speed train line that connects the city to the Chinese mainland.

Sports centres, grounds, swimming pools, beaches, campsites and cultural facilities including museums will all close. The city's Leisure and Cultural Services Department said events at these locations would be cancelled until further notice.

Officials have also announced that all schools will extend their Lunar New Year holiday to mid-February and civil servants have been told to work from home.

People travelling to the semi-autonomous city from Hubei province in central China -- the epicentre of the outbreak -- as well as any who have visited the virus-hit area in the last two weeks, are to be denied entry to Hong Kong from Monday.

There are growing calls from some politicians and medical experts for a complete shutdown of the mainland border to those not from Hong Kong.

"The epidemic has spread to many Chinese provinces. Only blocking visitors from Hubei can't do much to help Hong Kong," pro-democracy lawmaker Helena Wong said on Tuesday.

 

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