Hong Kong Catholics suspend Masses

The Catholic diocese in Hong Kong has announced that Masses will be suspended for two weeks amid the spread of the coronavirus.

In a brief video announcement, Cardinal John Tong Hon wore a surgical mask as he urged the city's 400,000-member Catholic community not to panic.

He said Masses will be halted from February 15 to February 28 to avoid large gatherings because the next two weeks will be crucial for suppressing the epidemic.

He urged members to participate in online Mass, share anti-epidemic materials and pray for each other.

Hong Kong has reported 51 cases, including one death.