Coronavirus fears lead to people writing code on arms ‘preventing infection’

Hong Kong residents have taken to writing a code on their arms amid coronavirus fears.

Artist Julian Cheung Chi-lam posted a picture of the code on his arm, believed to have been a joke, and called it the "epidemic prevention code".

The artist's fans then followed suit.

The coronavirus has infected more than 20 countries and regions after starting in Wuhan, China.

In Hong Kong, which is separated from the mainland, the infection broke out in early February.

There is a shortage of face masks and doctors have been "staying up all night" searching the internet for them.

It's reported by NTD News, that the Hong Kong government claimed that "the purchase of masks was unsuccessful" and medicine to fight off the disease was scarce.

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Among the growing fears artist, Julian Cheung Chi-lam, posted a picture of his arm on social media site Weibo with a series of numbers on.

He joked: "Friends the epidemic prevention code, just write it."

The codes are reportedly from Russian mathematician Grigory Grabovoi. 4986489 and 548748978 are designed to combat pneumonia. 4814212 and 5189912 are for a cold.

Reportedly, some Hong Kong residents praised him and the practice of writing the anti-epidemic codes on their arms.

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It has been liked and reposted by many followers on Weibo.

Meanwhile, in China the outbreak has led to panic-buying across the region, with surgical masks also in high demand.

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