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#NOW #CarrieLam and 8 senior officials are meeting press with mask on, including security minister John Lee.
#CarrieLam: I regret the huge amount of rumours circulating online which will severely obstruct to our control of the epidemic and generate unnecessary panic among the public.
She raised an example of accusing her of promising to use HK's medical system to serve mainland's needs
#BREAKING #CarrieLam: halt issuance of individual travel visas to HK in 49 mainland cities
#BREAKING #CarrieLam:
Halt cross border rail links and temporarily close West Kowloon Terminus
Axe half flights to and from mainland
Halt cross border ferries
Cut cross border shuttles
In force from Jan 30, till further notice
#BREAKING #CarrieLam: All non-entitled patients will be charged for services received in HK's public hospitals.
#CarrieLam: all HKers in mainland China are urged to come back and all HKers in town are urged not to go to any places affected by #nCov2019. HKers return from affected areas are recommended to carry out self-quarantine for 14 days.
#CarrieLam: HK gov has received 107 requests for help from 200 HKers in Wuhan. None of them is student. HK gov is communicating with Beijing for a "safe and feasible plan" of evacuation.
#CarrieLam: HK gov will contact Hubei visitors via hotels and refer them to the health department. Similar arrangement for Hubei students in Hong Kong. HKers who have been to Hubei in the past 14 days are also called on to call the health authority.
#CarrieLam: considering the damage that has done to Fai Ming Estate in Fnaling, the government decided to abandon the plan to reserve it for quarantine camp. Currently there is not other unfinished public housing estate is planned to be quarantine camp.
Secretary for Health Sophia Chan said to medical staff: "You are not alone, the Chief Executive and the whole government are supporting you from behind." She urged medical staff to be professional and stand fast to their posts.
#BREAKING Secretary for Security John Lee said the government would consider shortening the working hours of checkpoints that remain open after Jan 30, based on observations of population flows in the next 2 days.
Asked why didn't the government simply close the border 封關, #CarrieLam said:
"I heard some people are suggesting to close down the border recently. The border consists of our checkpoints on roads, rail and at the airport. I have provided some numbers and shown that...
...most of the people going in and out were actually Hong Kong residents. Then why should we close down the border to make entry and exit impossible for our own residents? In fact many Hong Kong people are still on the mainland or in other parts of the world...
...If we close the border, is it that we don’t welcome them coming back? From the perspective of controlling the epidemic, people who have been to the affected areas, no matter they are Hong Kong people, mainlander or foreigners, they bear the same risk."
#CarrieLam : Not many places around the world have adopted immigration restrictions as stringent as ours.
#CarrieLam: the government is considering possibility to expand the three quarantine camps that have already been used in Sai Kung and Lei Yue Mun with temporary constructions since "the society seems to have less controversy over the choice of these three premises".
#CarrieLam: If you asked me a week ago, I might not have the determination to roll out the measures we rolled out today and yesterday.
While Macau and Taiwan can give detailed numbers of people from Hubei in their territories, #CarrieLam said Hong Kong’s immigration system does not capture such data.
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