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Saturday, February 15, 2020, 21:52
HK: Vandalism of coronavirus clinics condemned
By Li Bingcun
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 21:52 By Li Bingcun

HONG KONG – The Hospital Authority condemned vandalism of its medical facilities after protesters damaged a general outpatient clinic in Tai Po on Saturday. 

The Hospital Authority has designated 18 outpatient clinics across the territory for the treatment of patients suspected to have been infected by the novel coronavirus. 

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The move has stirred protests by nearby residents who complained that the facilities are located too close to the housing estates. In one rally on Saturday, radical protesters threw debris onto the light rial tracks at Tin Shui Wai station and set fire to station facilities.

Police have said they would take resolute law enforcement actions against rioters

In a statement, police urged protesters to stop vandalism, adding that they would take resolute law enforcement actions against rioters.

Another protest was seen in Tai Po.

In Tsuen Wan, Mrs Wu York Yu General Out-patient Clinic, one of the designated centers, has been targeted twice by protesters last week.

At a daily briefing on Saturday, Hospital Authority Chief Manager (Patient Safety and Risk Management) Sara Ho said the authority did not have a specific timeframe of using the clinics as special centers in the epidemic.

She said the authority understood the worries of residents in the neighborhoods, adding the it would continue to communicate with them and their district councilors.

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Meanwhile, police have set up an anti-coronavirus contingent unit to support the battle against the epidemic. More than 180 officers will assist in the enforcement of self-quarantine orders.

Officers from other disciplinary force, including the Correctional Services Department, Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, the Fire Services Department (FSD) and the Immigration Department, will also help enforcing the compulsory quarantine order.

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