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Hong Kong: New Border Closures with China

Dubai – Masaader News 

After public pressure to stop anyone crossing into Hong Kong from mainland China, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday announced new border closures, according to Reuters.

Lam said further measures were being taken “to ensure the control of the boundary control points to reduce people movement across the border,” but fell short of a complete sealing off of the city.

Lam said the main land borders at Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau would shut as of midnight tonight, as would the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal.

That will leave all but three border crossings between Hong Kong and mainland China closed. Those which remain open are the city’s international airport, the Shenzhen Bay border and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

Lam’s announcement comes after health workers in Hong Kong began a five-day strike on Monday, demanding a full border closure and greater support from the government.

“This has nothing to do with the five-day strike by healthcare workers,” Lam said, however. “If anyone thinks that by resorting to such extreme measures the government will be made to do something that is not rational or something that will only harm the public they will not get anywhere.”

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