Hong Kong closes 10 border crossings with China to reduce Corona

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Hong Kong leader Carey Lam announced Monday that 10 out of 13 border crossings with the Chinese mainland have been closed in a bid to curb the spread of the new Corona virus.

The Hong Kong leader said that she has ordered the cessation of cross-border ferries and high-speed rail services to the mainland, stressing that “closing the entire border will be inappropriate, impractical and racist,” according to Network CNN of America.

Hundreds of medical workers in Hong Kong went on strike Monday to demand the government close the border with mainland China to prevent the spread of the Corona virus and ease pressure on the expanding health sector.

The Hospital Authority Employee Alliance (HAEA), which has about 18,000 members, said that 2,400 workers participated in the strike, despite government calls for medical workers not to do so, while about 100 people demonstrated in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district to support the trade union the health.

“The total number of deaths caused by the Corona virus in China has risen to 361, an increase of 57 from the previous day,” the National Health Commission of China announced earlier Monday, adding that 56 of the new deaths were in Hubei Province and one in Chongqing Municipality.

On December 31, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization of an outbreak of pneumonia caused by the Coronavirus in Wuhan, in the central part of the country.



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