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Hong Kong removed from SARS list

Masks are still being warn by some Hong Kong residents.
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HONG KONG, China (CNN) -- The World Health Organization has removed Hong Kong from its list of SARS affected areas.

The move came after the Chinese territory went 20 days without any new confirmed cases of the virus.

The 20 day period set by the U.N. health body is double the maximum incubation time of the virus. Patients showing symptoms of SARS can often be in hospital for days before they are confirmed to have contracted the virus.

Monday's announcement is welcome news for the territory of seven million people, still struggling to rebound from the economic impact of the SARS outbreak.

No new SARS cases or deaths were reported on Sunday in Hong Kong.

There have been a total of 296 deaths from 1,755 SARS infections in Hong Kong. Twenty-eight patients are still undergoing treatment in hospital, with 11 placed in intensive care, the Health Authority reported Sunday.

China on Sunday also reported no new infections or deaths. Its tally from the disease remains at 347 dead from 5,326 infections.

The Chinese capital of Beijing is the only place still saddled with a SARS travel advisory from the WHO.

Over 8,000 people have been infected globally by SARS, while about 800 have died.

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