Hong Kong declares state of emergency over coronavirus

Hong Kong declared a state of emergency and shuttered schools across the region as the world continues to grapple with the spreading coronavirus.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam held a meeting on Saturday with health officials and announced that all primary and secondary schools will be closed for at least two weeks.

The move comes as residents celebrate the one-week Lunar New Year. Hong Kong has also requested that universities extend the vacation given the threat from the virus, which has spread to five people in Hong Kong and ballooned to over 1,300 cases worldwide. At least 41 people have died from
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