Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: Hong Kong officials to get quarantine powers, masks selling out

A photo taken on Jan 4, 2020, shows health surveillance officers guiding travellers at Hong Kong's international airport.
A photo taken on Jan 4, 2020, shows health surveillance officers guiding travellers at Hong Kong's international airport.PHOTO: AP

HONG KONG - The city's authorities are seeking more power, including compulsory notification and the right to quarantine, to deal with the mystery flu originating from Wuhan, as people rush to snap up N95 masks, a development reminiscent of the Sars outbreak in 2003.

The Department of Health on Tuesday afternoon (Jan 7) said it would gazette a Bill to amend the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance on Wednesday.

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