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Hong Kong to shut all schools after virus cases spike

School students crossing a road in Hong Kong during a downpour on Wednesday. Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung said that although some students and parents had recently been infected with the coronavirus none of the cases were due to the virus bei

In a report, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung said that in light of the recent coronavirus situation, all secondary schools, primary schools, and kindergartens could advance the start of their summer holiday to Monday.

Hong Kong announced it is closing its schools from Monday, after a spike in coronavirus cases there. "They're everywhere - but I'm most concerned for the people on the frontline".

Australia planned to extend visas for Hong Kong residents and encourage businesses there to relocate, he said, adding his government, along with others had been "very consistent in expressing our concerns about the imposition of the national security law on Hong Kong".

Hong Kong reported 38 new coronavirus cases on Friday, edging down from Thursday's 42 but broadly in line with a sharp increase that the city registered over the past three days.

When Yan informed her supervisor, "he just nodded", she said, telling her to continue working. Yan said that Beijing tried to silence her and cover up her work.

Dr Yan claims she was also one of the first scientists to study COVID-19.

It may be recalled that in a statement made by the World Health Organization, on January 9, claimed that the novel virus can cause severe illness in some patients and does not transmit readily between people.

"There is limited information to determine the overall risk of this reported cluster". "If you're concerned about the new law, reconsider your need to remain in Hong Kong", said Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"We will get in trouble and we'll disappear".

While Yan says she was frustrated, she was not surprised.

Since May, after the new cases slowed down in the city, the Hong Kong government has gradually reopened education institutions. "So basically... I accept it but I don't want this misleading information to spread to the world".

In yet another claim, which is bound to ruffle some feathers in the WHO, Yan revealed that Professor Malik Peiris, the co-director of a WHO-affiliated lab and who is listed as an adviser on the WHO's website, was aware of her findings but did not do anything.

Yan is now in hiding after travelling to the US, and fears that her life is in danger.

Yan is now in hiding and claims that the Chinese government is trying to tarnish her reputation, accusing "government goons" of setting up a cyber-attack against her in order to keep her quiet. She divulged to the media that the Hong Kong government swarmed her hometown of Qingdao and that agents ripped apart her tiny apartment and questioned her parents.

The Chinese Embassy in the United States told Fox News they don't know who Yan is and maintain China has handled the pandemic heroically.