Hong Kong shuts most China cross­ings

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Hong Kong, China - Hong Kong an­nounced it was clos­ing all but two land cross­ings with the Chi­nese main­land on Mon­day to slow the spread of the deadly new coro­n­avirus as medics staged strikes call­ing for the bor­der to be com­pletely sealed.

The semi-au­ton­o­mous fi­nan­cial cen­tre has 15 con­firmed cases of the disease, most brought from the main­land.

City leader Car­rie Lam said all land cross­ings would be closed at mid­night ex­cept for two bridges, the first con­nect­ing Hong Kong to Shen­zhen and the sec­ond link­ing it with Zhuhai and casino hub Ma­cau.

The city’s air­port would re­main open to main­lan­ders, al­though there are al­ready re­stric­tions on peo­ple from cen­tral Hubei prov­ince where the epi­demic be­gan.

Lam said the lat­est clo­sures - which came af­ter four cross­ings were shut­tered last week - would re­duce the num­ber of Chi­nese main­lan­ders and al­low of­fi­cials to fo­cus re­sources on two land en­try points as well as the air­port.

(AFP)

This file photo shows a sec­tion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Ma­cau Bridge in Hong Kong on Oc­to­ber 22, 2018

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