Hong Kong on high alert to deal with coronavirus

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Workers spray antiseptic solution on the arrival lobby amid rising public concerns over the possible spread of a new coronavirus at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Heightened precautions were being taken in China and elsewhere Tuesday as governments strove to control the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that threatens to grow during the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Suh Myung-geon/Yonhap via AP)

The Hong Kong government is on high alert to deal with a new flu-like coronavirus that has killed nine people in mainland China, the city’s commerce secretary, Edward Yau, told reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

Yau, speaking at the Swiss ski resort, also said the former British colony is well placed to address any cyclical and structural challenges.

 

Zainab Sa’id