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Hong Kong to suspend high-speed rail service in bid to halt spread of coronavirus

Carrie Lam, center, Hong Kong's chief executive, speaks during a news conference alongside professor Sophia Chan, left, and professor Gabriel Leung, in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.
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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the high-speed rail service between the city and mainland China would be suspended from Jan. 30, and all cross-border ferry services would also be suspended in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Wearing a green face mask, Lam told a press briefing the number of flights to mainland China would also be halved and personal travel permits for mainland Chinese to the city would be suspended.