‘Draconian measures’ needed to stop coronavirus: Hong Kong doctors beg their leader to close Chinese border

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has not closed the region’s border with mainland China, even as her advisers press her to shut them down fast in order to fight the coronavirus.

“Substantial, draconian measures limiting population mobility should be taken immediately,” Gabriel Leung, dean of medicine at Hong Kong University and a health adviser to the local government, said Monday. “We have to be prepared that this particular epidemic may be about to become a global epidemic.”

Leung estimated that more than 25,600 people in Wuhan, the mainland Chinese city where the outbreak originated, are showing symptoms of infection, a figure that could double
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