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Hundreds of hospital workers in Hong Kong have been on strike, demanding the border with mainland China will be completely closed to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Hong Kong has halted train and ferry services across borders, but health officials want the entire border closures.

Authorities said the border closure was really going against the advice of the World Health Organization.

There are 15 confirmed cases of the virus in the city.

“If there is not a full border closure, there will not be enough manpower, protective equipment, or isolation, to combat the outbreak,” Winnie Yu, chairman of the Hospital Authority Employees newly formed alliance said.

Hundreds of “non-essential” medical workers strike on Monday. unions say the front line – including doctors and nurses – will follow on Tuesday if their demands were not met.

Hong Kong – which has a population of seven million – is part of China but retain significant autonomy. Border function in much the same way as a normal international checkpoint.

As well as the closure of transport, China has also stopped issuing visas for individual travelers to Hong Kong.

There are more than 17,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 361 deaths in mainland China alone.

Outside of China, there are more than 150 confirmed cases of the virus with one death, in the Philippines.

Many countries have imposed a ban on travel to a varying degree.

other countries have seen their national carriers temporarily suspending all flights to mainland China. These include Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, England, and Italy, among others.

Global health officials have advised against a ban.

“travel restriction can cause more harm than good by inhibiting info-sharing, the medical supply chain and harming the economy,” the head of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Friday.

WHO recommends introducing screening at border crossings. It has warned that the closure of the border could accelerate the spread of the virus, with tourist countries illegal entry.

China has criticized the wave of travel restrictions, accusing foreign governments ignore official advice.

A new hospital was built in just eight days for those treated with the virus began taking patients on Monday.

1,000-bed Hospital Huoshenshan Wuhan is one of two special facility built to help tackle the outbreak.

A second hospital in Leishenshan scheduled to be completed on Wednesday. .

Hospital in Hubei province – where Wuhan is located – reportedly overwhelmed and struggling to treat increasing numbers of patients

The most recent figures from the Commission on the National Health China on Monday revealed:

The number of cases coronavirus around the world have followed the same that the SARS epidemic, which spread to more than two dozen countries in 2003.

But the death toll from the new virus is much lower, suggesting it was not as deadly.

The hospital in the province reported shortages and overburdened, as the number of infections rose sharply.

According to the Washington Post, some hospital workers had started to wear diapers because they do not have time to use the bathroom.

Hospital is also dealing with a shortage of medical supplies. Wuhan Children’s Hospital posted on social media: “medical supplies are in short supply – help!”

Video on social media showed a long queue outside the hospital.

In one video, a man with an accent Wuhan at a local hospital said it could take “10 hours” for the patient to be seen by a doctor.

More than 75,000 people may have been infected in the city of Wuhan, which is at the center of the outbreak, experts say.

But estimates by the University of Hong Kong suggest the number of cases could be much higher than the official figure.

A report on the early stages of the outbreak by the Lancet medical journal said that most of the patients who died from the virus have a preexisting condition.

The report found that, in the first 99 patients treated at the Hospital Jinyintan in Wuhan, 40 have a weak heart or blood vessel damage. A further 12 have diabetes.

The virus that causes severe acute respiratory tract infections and the symptoms seem to begin with fever, followed by a dry cough.

But most people who are infected tend to fully recover -. As they would from a regular flu

An expert on China National Health Commission (NHC) said that a week is enough to recover from the symptoms of mild coronavirus.

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Navy hospital ship Two US also will be sent to help alleviate the shortage expected in a sick bed.

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