Officials, backed by volunteers from the civil service and some students – will conduct spot checks or make daily phone calls to ensure people were staying at home [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Hong Kong on Friday said it will deploy an army of volunteers to bolster plans to forcibly quarantine all arrivals from mainland China, warning that anyone caught breaching the new rules faces up to six months in prison.

In a major escalation in its battle against the new coronavirus, the international finance hub has said anyone arriving from mainland China from Saturday will have to undergo 14 days compulsory quarantine.


Officials hope the new measures will virtually halt all cross-border traffic while allowing the city to remain stocked with food and goods

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