Coronavirus: Hong Kong and Singapore Sevens set to be postponed

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

"We see the need to make a socially-responsible decision and not to put the public's safety and well-being at risk", said Lee.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific continues to fly to a number of American destinations including New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, even though the carrier finds it hard to fill all the seats on returning flights due to the city's lingering social unrest since last summer and now the health scare from the coronavirus.

Health officials in Hong Kong are working with several agencies to determine whether coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is capable of spreading through buildings via ventilation and piping systems.

The cabinet-level Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office is China's top policy body on Hong Kong affairs. This means that the attack rate would be 60-80%.

Asia's sports schedule has been hammered by the coronavirus, with Singapore's HSBC Women's World Championship, starting on February 27, among two golf events cancelled this week. The Geneva meeting brings together more than 400 researchers and national authorities, including some participating by video conference from mainland China and Taiwan.

There are now 40,171 confirmed cases nationwide even as the World Health Organization (WHO) said the epidemic appears to be stabilizing.

But with the memory of the 2003 SARS outbreak still in the minds of many, Hong Kong public are vigilant and wary about gathering in large numbers. In late January, he warned that epidemics were likely to "grow exponentially" in Chinese cities.

Adding elsewhere, "independent self-sustaining outbreaks in major cities globally could become inevitable" as there will be movement of those who have been infected but their symptoms might not have developed as of yet. Maybe not. Maybe this will come in waves.

He added that experts need to examine whether the restrictions, lockdowns and other interventions have worked in China to reduce the spread of the virus. Leung inquired. "Provided that this is true, how might we turn them out, or is it unrealistic?" How long can you keep people from shopping in malls? So these are real questions.

Governments around the world are now focusing on containment to prevent the spread of the virus, but, if it fails, this response will change to mitigation. But it's not enough, says Gabriel Leung, who says everyone should be tested every two or three days in confined spaces.

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