Written by: Zhang Jiamin
2020-01-26 13:17Last updated: 2020-01-26 13:17
The outbreak of a new coronavirus related to Wuhan pneumonia continued to spread. Chief Executive Lin Zhengyue announced a series of measures on Friday (25th), including raising the level of the emergency response mechanism to the highest level of "emergency".
Several confirmed cases in Hong Kong have arrived through the high-speed rail. Today (26th), there were a number of workers cleaning the facilities at the station, including ticket machines and gate machines.
Some mainlanders who came to Hong Kong from Shantou a few years ago were unable to return to their hometowns due to Shantou's "closure" and went to the station to handle the refund procedures. She believes that as long as you do good personal hygiene, you don't need to worry too much about the epidemic, and she expects to "go back in a few days."
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At about 10.30 in the morning, there were sparse crowds at the arrival and departure halls of the West Kowloon High Speed Rail Station. There were only a few passengers in the Spring Festival Market and the seating area set up inside the station. There is a notice in the station that it will be disinfected with 1:49 diluted bleach. Many cleaners wearing masks and gloves can be seen cleaning the facilities with rags, including ticket machines and ticket counters. The aircraft also has cleaners stationed for cleaning, and all staff inside the station also wear masks.
Dozens of people waiting to refund
It can be seen at the scene that most passengers wear masks, and masks and disinfectants in convenience stores and chain pharmacies are all sold out. Some passengers came to the store to check in the morning. MTR announced earlier that passengers who have purchased high-speed rail tickets to and from the Mainland can be refunded. In the morning, dozens of people were in line to refund tickets, and many staff members were present to assist.
Miss Chen, who had arrived in Hong Kong from Shantou a few years ago, waited in line for a refund of about 50 minutes. She was scheduled to return to Shantou by high-speed rail in the afternoon. However, Shantou announced the closure of the city and the original job was cancelled. She said that she believes in the government on epidemic prevention measures and believes that therapeutic drugs will be developed soon. "I intend to stay for a few more days before I can go back." She also believes that as long as everyone stays at home and does good personal hygiene, there is no need to go through. Nervous. However, she was sloppy about the transit measures and was not sure whether every passenger also took body temperature.
Workers are stationed at the entrance of the arrivals hall to clean. (Photo by Zhang Jiamin)
Miss Chen of Shantou said she believed she could go back in a few days. (Photo by Zhang Jiamin)
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Another Hong Konger, Mr. Huang, also returned to the scene to refund the ticket. At the age of 75, he returned to Hong Kong from Fujian the year before. He was scheduled to travel to Guangzhou with 10 family members tomorrow, but he cancelled the trip because he was worried about the health of the accompanying children. He said that he felt that the people in the Mainland were unprotected against the epidemic. "People do not wear masks." He would do good personal hygiene and would go to less crowded places. "I do n’t know that they are sick."
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Mr. Huang, who was transiting from Shenzhen to Hong Kong to Bali, said that there were very few people in the carriages, "only more than ten people per truck." He thought that everyone was afraid to take a car. Although he put on a mask, he admitted that he was not too worried about the epidemic, and thought that it would calm down in one to two months. "The whole country is wearing a mask, even in the countryside ... the government will soon be fine."
Mr. Zheng, who took the train at 11:00 in the morning to Fujian, expressed concern about the epidemic, but because of family ties, he had to return to the Mainland and "would go as soon as possible." He felt that there was no strengthened epidemic prevention measures in the HSR station, and he thought that even entering and leaving the HSR station should Measure body temperature.
Mr Huang, who is transiting from Shenzhen, said there were few people in the carriage. (Photo by Zhang Jiamin)
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