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Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority (IA) has announced that it will shut down its office from 29 January to 02 February amidst the coronavirus outbreak in China.

The IA has also asked the community to check its website for any further updates.

In a statement, the insurance regulator stated: “In order to reduce the risk of the spread of novel coronavirus in the community, the Insurance Authority (IA) office will be temporarily closed from 29 January to 2 February 2020.

“Public services including the hotline, complaint handling and general enquiry services provided by the IA will be suspended in the same period.”

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Earlier, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam had announced the suspension of railway, bus, and ferry services to and from Mainland China in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Lam also halved the number of flight operations to and from the mainland.

The Hong Kong government will also stop issuing permits to visitors from the mainland.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the coronavirus cases has increased to more than 130, with nearly 6000 reported cases.

Neighbouring countries such as Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam have also reported coronavirus cases. Five cases of the virus have also been reported in the US.