BREAKING: First case of SARS-like virus in Hong Kong – source

Hong Kong has recorded its first case of the new mysterious SARS-like coronavirus from China, according to sources.

A mainland passenger on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link arrived in Hong Kong at around 8pm on Tuesday with signs of a fever, the MTR said in a statement. The man told Department of Health officials that he had been to Wuhan.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The man was sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for checkups. Preliminary tests came back positive for the virus, a source told HKFP.

Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan said on Wednesday that the Leisure and Cultural Services Department had prepared two camps in remotes parts of Hong Kong as potential quarantine sites.

Lady MacLehose Holiday Village

Lady MacLehose Holiday Village. Photo: GovHK.

A street market near the Chinese city of Wuhan has seen an outbreak of an atypical form of pneumonia, suspected to be linked to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The SARS virus killed hundreds of Hongkongers in 2003.

Macau authorities also said the city recorded the first confirmed case of the virus on Wednesday.

Secretary for Health Chan, Hospital Authority chief Tony Ko and Director of Health Constance Chan are set to meet the press at 7.30pm.

More to follow.

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