The US embassy on Garden Road in Central, Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

Coronavirus: United States allows non-essential consulate staff to leave Hong Kong as city grapples with outbreak

  • State Department spokesman says staff are free to do so ‘out of an abundance of caution’
  • Carrie Lam meanwhile pleads with senior diplomats to help with mask supplies and not to impose travel bans
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak

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The US embassy on Garden Road in Central, Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang
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Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.

Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung joined the Post in 2000, covering fields ranging from politics and the integration between Hong Kong and China. He became assistant editor-in-chief of Ming Pao in 2017 and returned to the Post the following year. He is author of Hong Kong’s Watershed: The 1967 riots (Hong Kong University Press, 2009).