Hong Kong has announced on Tuesday they are to stop cross border travel between the city which is home to around 8m people and China’s mainland to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam briefed the media on Tuesday saying the border travel will be “temporary.”
Lam urged residents to return back to Hong Kong and stay at home for two weeks to prevent any transmission of the deadly virus.
She said, “I thank the central government for supporting our work in this aspect [suspending cross-border transport] and the relevant mainland ministries and commissions for co-operating with us.”
John Lee, Hong Kong’s security secretary said they will place resources on the border checkpoints to strengthen controls to prevent a spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world with around 8m people living and working in a 1,104 square kilometre area.
The territory is a significant financial centre with commercial ports and is the worlds tenth largest exporter and the ninth largest importer, while the Hong Kong dollar is the eight most traded currency in the world.
The coronavirus outbreak has thus far claimed 106 lives and China’s national health commission has confirmed more than 4,500 people are affected.