Written by: Zheng Qiuling and Zhang Jiamin
2020-02-14 18:54Last updated: 2020-02-14 18:55
The outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan caused by the new coronavirus continued. The "Diamond Princess" cruise ship was affected and was parked in Yokohama, Japan. Passengers are expected to complete quarantine on February 19, including a number of Hong Kong people.
Chief Executive Lin Zheng Yue'e expressed high concern today (14th), and was followed up by the Security Bureau, Constitutional Affairs and Mainland Affairs Bureau. The Secretary for Security, Li Jiachao, said that there were 330 Hong Kong people in the "Diamond Princess" passenger, 260 people holding SAR passports, and the rest holding foreign passports, and 11 Hong Kong people were diagnosed. The Hong Kong government has proposed to the Japanese authorities to arrange for Hong Kong people to go to land for isolation and conduct virus tests as soon as possible. According to the SAR government's understanding, Japan will take the lead in conducting tests for passengers who are 70 years old and above, including an 80-year-old port. people. The Hong Kong side has set up an inter-departmental working group to handle arrangements for Hong Kong people to return to Hong Kong, but has not announced relevant details and timetables.
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Li Jiachao said that there were 330 Hong Kong people in the "Diamond Princess" passenger, 260 people holding SAR passports, and the rest holding foreign passports. It is expected that other Hong Kong people holding foreign passports have not been recorded. It is expected that the number of Hong Kong people will increase. There are currently 218 confirmed cases of the cruise, involving 11 Hong Kong people. Li Jiachao pointed out that there are currently four Immigration Department staff assisting in the area and providing medicines to 50 Hong Kong people, and more than 10 Hong Kong people's medicines are provided by shipping companies.
The relevant Hong Kong people must be quarantined on the ship for 14 days from February 5th, and it is expected to be completed on February 19th. The Hong Kong government has proposed to the Japanese authorities to allow Hong Kong people to be isolated on land and tested as soon as possible. However, the Japanese authorities will first perform a virus test on passengers aged 70 and above, including a Hong Kong person over 80.
Regarding the safety of Hong Kong people returning to Hong Kong, Li Jiachao pointed out that an inter-departmental working group has been set up to handle related matters, including the Immigration Department, the Department of Health, and the Housing Bureau, but no relevant details and timetable have been announced.
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