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Hong Kong hospital staffers to strike over virus fears

Union wants complete shutdown of border with China

Staffers at a Hong Kong hospital transport a patient suspected of contracting the novel coronavirus.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hospital workers here have decided to go on strike starting Monday to pressure the city into sealing the border with mainland China as a step against the deadly new coronavirus.

Hong Kong officials already bar the entry of residents of China's Hubei Province -- where the epidemic started -- under a Jan. 4 action plan. The semi-autonomous Chinese city has also taken other steps to reduce inflows of mainlanders.

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