Updated on March 24. 

Hong Kong will stop all non-residents arriving in the city’s airport, including transit arrivals, from entering the city starting from Wednesday in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) through imported cases.

The move comes after the city saw a sudden surge in coronavirus cases in the past few days. The Hong Kong Government confirmed 44 coronavirus cases yesterday, 29 of the cases include those who travelled during the 14 day incubation period.

Starting from Wednesday morning, all travellers except Hong Kong residents who arrive at the airport will be barred from entering, including anyone arriving from mainland China, Macau or Taiwan. The ban will last 14 days.

The Government said all travellers coming from Macao and Taiwan, including Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong residents, will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine.

Previously, Hong Kong announced that all travellers arriving in the city from any country would be put under 14 days of  home quarantine and be subjected to another two weeks of medical surveillance.