The Hong Kong SAR Government has implemented enhanced disease prevention and control measures, in line with recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO), to tackle the novel coronavirus outbreak. These measures include enhanced exit screening and health declaration for passengers, extension of suspension of school classes, full support for front-line healthcare staff, increased supply of surgical masks, and preparation for more quarantine center facilities.
The Government is also implementing further restrictions on the movement of people between Hong Kong, Macao and the Mainland to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in the community. Starting Feb 4, only two land boundary control points (Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge) will handle passengers. Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau and Macao Ferry Terminal control points will close. Both the Hong Kong International Airport and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will operate as normal.
The Government is also providing assistance to Hong Kong residents currently in Hubei. It urged Hong Kong residents returning from the Mainland to take precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the disease in the community. Recognizing the dedicated efforts of healthcare workers in handling the novel coronavirus infection, the Government is taking the needs of healthcare workers as prime consideration. At this critical moment in disease prevention and control, the Government appeals to those healthcare workers planning to go on strike to reconsider their decision, continue to safeguard Hong Kong with their professionalism and together win the battle against the disease.