Hong Kong to lower SARS alert level

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong said it will "stand down," or lower, its SARS alert level on April 6, according to Hong Kong's Department of Health.

The alert level was raised last December after a confirmed SARS case was detected, however no new cases of the contagious respiratory disease have been reported since February.

Health officials said health screening measures at all immigration control points, including health declaration and body temperature checks for travelers will remain unchanged. The requirement for doctors to report community-acquired pneumonia patients with history of travel to the Guangdong province, the location of the last SARS case, will be waived as of April 6.

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