US allows government staff to leave Hong Kong over coronavirus worries

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  • Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020

A man walking past an electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in the city on Tuesday, (Feb 11). China's daily death toll from new virus has topped 100 for first time, with more than 1,000 total deaths recorded, China's health ministry announced on Tuesday (Feb 11). - AP

WASHINGTON: The United States has authorised the voluntary departure of US government employees and their family members from Hong Kong in light of the outbreak of a deadly coronavirus, the State Department said on Tuesday (Feb 11).

According to a department spokesperson the authorization was made "out of an abundance of caution related to uncertainties associated" with the disease.

Departure is not required and the US. consulate in Hong Kong remains open to the public.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak surged past 1,000 in China on Tuesday as the World Health Organisation warned that the epidemic poses a "very grave" global threat but commended China on its efforts to curb the epidemic.

The WHO is also holding a conference in Geneva on combatting the virus as Beijing struggles to contain a disease that has now infected more than 42,000 and reached some 25 countries.

Another 108 deaths were reported on Tuesday -- the first triple-digit daily rise since the virus emerged in late December. - Reuters/AFP
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