Hong Kong could impose travel restrictions against more countries that have been hit by the coronavirus epidemic, leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Tuesday.
Speaking before her weekly cabinet meeting, the chief executive also urged residents to avoid all foreign travel.
She said the government would contact consulates from at least one country, and announce the new restrictions later on Tuesday.
While not specifically naming any countries, Lam referred to the number of cases and imported cases from Italy and India.
But Lam also said on Tuesday it was time for public services and businesses to gradually return to normal.
“Everybody is saying that this epidemic will last long. I’m sure everyone will agree that we can’t put a halt to businesses or livelihoods for too long,” Lam said, adding there was no intention of relaxing controls at crossings along the mainland border “for the time being”.
“Because of the uncertainty in the global situation there are no plans yet to loosen any measures we have put in place, but this has to be reviewed almost on a daily basis.”
Since February 8, travellers returning from the mainland have had to be quarantined at home for 14 days.