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New measures and travel restrictions in Hong Kong as it declares virus emergency

New measures and travel restrictions in Hong Kong as it declares virus emergency

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has declared a virus emergency and has announced measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The announcement comes as health authorities in Hong Kong have confirmed five cases of the new strain of the deadly coronavirus, all of which have been traced back to Wuhan.

Flights and high speed rail trips between Hong Kong and Wuhan are to be halted, and schools that are currently closed for the Lunar New Year holidays will remain closed until February 17.

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, which was due to involve around 70,000 people on February 8 and 9 is to be cancelled.

It has been announced by Chinese state media that a second hospital will be built in Wuhan to specifically treat coronavirus patients, and it is said that the hospital will be completed within six days.

Cases of the virus have also been declared elsewhere in the world - Australia has confirmed its first four cases and the virus has also been identified in the U.S., France, Singapore, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan.

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