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SARS infected 1755 and killed 299 people in Hong Kong in 2003. On receiving the news of a COVID-19 outbreak in Mainland China, Hong Kong, as the closest city, was determined not to let history repeat itself. The government was quick and took major measures which included stringent border controls, health quarantine for inbound travellers, restrictions on gatherings of more than four people and so on.
In response to the pandemic threat, the hospital authority raised the emergency response level to the highest since 25 January 2020. Under this, all patient visits were suspended (with exceptional cases on compassionate grounds). Non-emergency services were deferred to …
Correction notice "Cambridge University Press has issued a retraction for publication of this article (Chan et al. 2020a) [https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951521001309] . The article was simultaneously submitted and later published in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care (Chan et al. 2020). Cambridge University Press did not have appropriate permission to publish the Accepted Manuscript version of this article. We thank Cambridge University Press for bringing this to our attention.
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