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February 6, 2020updated 13 Feb 2020 11:43am

Coronavirus: Hong Kong closes cruise terminals and quarantines Chinese travellers

The Government of Hong Kong has suspended immigration services at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the Ocean Terminal to limit the spread of the coronavirus.


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The Government of Hong Kong has suspended immigration services at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the Ocean Terminal to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

This week, two cruise ships, Diamond Princess and World Dream, were quarantined at Japan and Hong Kong, China, after passengers tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Hong Kong Department of Health’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) is currently testing 1,800 passengers and 1,800 crew on the World Dream cruise ship.

Hong Kong has also decided to quarantine all travellers who come to the region from China for 14 days.

The measures are expected to reduce the flow of passengers between mainland China and Hong Kong to stop the spread of the virus.

The epidemic started in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has so far killed 565 and infected 28,280 people. Hong Kong has 21 confirmed cases with one death.

Hong Kong has stopped the passenger clearance services at ten control points from the previous six. This has significantly reduced the travel between the two regions.

Last month, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam announced that the authorities have restricted travel from mainland China.

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) of Taiwan said international cruise ships that visited mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau 14 days before they arrive at Taiwan will not be granted entry to the country.

On 4 February, World Dream cruise ship was denied entry to the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan.

In addition, cruise ships that carried passengers who were diagnosed or suspected to have the infection in the past 28 days before arrival will also not be permitted to dock at Taiwanese ports.

Taiwan has 11 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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