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Hong Kong: Iam Treasury Opening Festival takes place amid Covid-19 threat

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
February 19, 2020 at 00:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds attended the annual traditional Kun Iam (also known as Guan Yin) Treasury Opening Festival in Hong Kong on Tuesday, despite public fears of the novel coronavirus Covid-19.

Footage shows several worshippers wearing face masks packing the entrance of the temple, lighting incense sticks and paying respects to the Buddhist relics inside the temple. Local police were present at the entrance of the festival monitoring the entrance to the temple.

"In the Hong Kong temple, there is a lot of people, so I don't think they are overreacting," said a festival attendee when asked whether the tight security controls and use of face masks was an overreaction.

The festival, which usually attracts huge crowds of the faithful, was cancelled in the neighbouring special administrative region of Macau and other cities across China due to fears of public exposure to the Covid-19.

According to reports, the novel coronavirus death toll is at least 1,868 in China alone with more than 73,000 infected worldwide.

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Hundreds attended the annual traditional Kun Iam (also known as Guan Yin) Treasury Opening Festival in Hong Kong on Tuesday, despite public fears of the novel coronavirus Covid-19.

Footage shows several worshippers wearing face masks packing the entrance of the temple, lighting incense sticks and paying respects to the Buddhist relics inside the temple. Local police were present at the entrance of the festival monitoring the entrance to the temple.

"In the Hong Kong temple, there is a lot of people, so I don't think they are overreacting," said a festival attendee when asked whether the tight security controls and use of face masks was an overreaction.

The festival, which usually attracts huge crowds of the faithful, was cancelled in the neighbouring special administrative region of Macau and other cities across China due to fears of public exposure to the Covid-19.

According to reports, the novel coronavirus death toll is at least 1,868 in China alone with more than 73,000 infected worldwide.

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