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Hong Kong declares highest level of 'emergency' amid virus outbreak, cancels all visits to China

Hong Kong declared a mystery virus outbreak as an "emergency" on Saturday (Jan 25) and it is the city's highest warning tier.

Authorities in Hong Kong ramped up measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading.

"Today I declare the lifting of the response level to emergency," chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters.

Lam declared the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak to be of the highest emergency response level, raising it from the previous status of “serious” to "emergency."

The new virus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.


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