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Hong Kong says around 3,000 residents in Hubei have contacted government for help

Hong Kong says around 3,000 residents in Hubei have contacted government for help

People wear masks as they walk at a marketplace in downtown following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Hong Kong on Feb 4, 2020. (File photo: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government said on Wednesday (Feb 26) around 3,000 of its residents currently in mainland China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, have made contact and it has given them until Friday to register to return home.

More than 500 were in the province's Wuhan city, the government said. Any residents who returned to Hong Kong would need to be quarantined for 14 days, it added.

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Hong Kong has 90 cases of the virus, which has killed two people in the city. The government has turned some public housing into quarantine facilities as it struggles to find adequate space.

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Source: Reuters/nr

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