Thousands of people have been queueing from the early hours of Wednesday to buy face masks offered by a Hong Kong trading company in Kowloon Bay, as stores shelves have been swept clean of face protection amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Luck Well International Holdings in Kowloon Bay released 11,000 boxes of surgical masks for sale, selling off the entire stock within hours.
On Tuesday... Еще, Hong Kong reported its first fatality from the novel coronavirus. According to a Hong Kong health department official, the patient had «diabetes melitus» and was already being treated for pneumonia at the time of his death.
The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Chinese health officials said that the death toll has reached 493, with more than 24,000 infected in China alone.