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Hong Kong Protesters Torch Planned Virus Quarantine Building Amid nCoV Concerns

A group of protesters in Hong Kong set alight the lobby of a newly built residential building that authorities planned to use as a quarantine facility.

Hong Kong Protesters
Image Source: The Star

While plenty of us have our eyes trained on Wuhan in China after the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus seized the world in a literal stranglehold of fear, many of us have forgotten the recent chaos that had gone down in Hong Kong. 

According to the report of Business Insider, a group of protesters broke out on Sunday at the lobby of a newly constructed residential building in Hong Kong that the authorities planned to use as a quarantine facility, as fears over the financial hub about the coronavirus outbreak intensified.

Hong Kong Protesters
Image Source: Business Insider

A Reuters witness saw several masked protesters, clad in black threw firebombs into the empty lobby of an empty housing complex on Sunday night (26th January 2020) that had been earmarked to be used as a temporary quarantine center for those infected with the Wuhan virus.

This follows after the Hong Kong city authorities announced that any Chinese natives entering Hong Kong from Hubei, the hub of the Wuhan coronavirus, would be immediately denied entry into Hong Kong until further notice.

Hong Kong Protesters
Image Source: South China Morning Post

They also declared the novel coronavirus a public “emergency”, which is the highest warning sign that city authorities can issue. Residents living near earmarked quarantine housing complexes have also joined protests, worrying that their close proximity could allow the virus to spread further into Hong Kong’s population.

Based on the report, Hundreds of Hong Kong citizens have blocked the roads leading to the building with bricks and other debris, while anger is mounting over the government’s plans to turn a quarantine zone as a number of confirmed cases in the city going up to six on Sunday.

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