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Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 11:39
Central govt supports HK, Macao in curbing virus spread
By Xinhua
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 11:39 By Xinhua

Xu Luying, spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, speaks during a news conference in Beijing, China, on Sep 3, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING - A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China's State Council on Tuesday voiced support for the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions (SARs) in curbing the novel coronavirus spread.

The central authorities have paid high attention to the spread of the virus in Hong Kong and Macao, as well as the safety and health conditions of residents in the regions, said spokesperson Xu Luying.

All forms of assistance will be provided to the two regions to help them carry out scientific and targeted measures, curb the outbreak and safeguard the residents' safety and health, said a HKMAO spokesperson

The mainland has taken active steps to assist the SAR governments to prevent and control the spread, including arranging visits by Hong Kong and Macao experts to Wuhan, the hardest-hit city of the epidemic, and supporting and cooperating with the SAR governments in taking active prevention and control measures, according to Xu.

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In addition, the mainland has also discussed with the SAR governments about other measures, including suspending tourist visits by mainland people to the two SARs, strengthening border quarantine measures, adjusting flights connecting the mainland and the two regions, and suspending railway traffic between the mainland and Hong Kong, Xu said.

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Xu noted that the office will continue supporting the two SAR governments to strengthen their coordination and communication with the mainland's relevant departments and local governments, adding that all forms of assistance will be provided to the two regions to help them carry out scientific and targeted measures, curb the outbreak, step up monitoring, save infected patients in time, and safeguard the residents' safety and health.


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