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16 Feb 2020 | 11:31 AM UTC

Hong Kong: Protesters rally against planned coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine centers February 16

Protesters rally against planned coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine centers in Fo Tan district (New Territories) February 16; additional demonstrations possible over the coming days

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Event

Protesters in Hong Kong rallied for a second consecutive day on Sunday, February 16, to oppose plans to convert some buildings into coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine centers. Riot police were deployed to Fo Tan district (New Territories) amid a gathering of approximately 100 people. Associated demonstrations were reported in other districts. As of Sunday, there have been 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hong Kong.

Further protests are possible in Hong Kong over the near term. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any demonstration.

Advice

Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to business and transportation around protest sites.