According to an worldwide agency, Winnie Yu, chairwoman of the 9,000 member Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, told reporters that if authorities do not permit "full border closure", it would result in a decrease in manpower, protective equipment, or isolation to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
On an annual basis, gross domestic product contracted by 1.2 percent for 2019, slightly better than the 1.4 percent decline that was expected.
Hong Kong had reported 15 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus by Monday.
"The local social incidents with violence during the quarter took a further heavy toll on economic sentiment as well as consumption- and tourism-related activities", a government spokesman said.
Hong Kong health workers started a five-day strike on Monday, demanding a full closure of the border to prevent infected people from reaching the city. She reiterated her view that a complete closure of the border would be impractical, economically damaging and discriminatory given the close links between Hong Kong and the mainland.
The union said to the frontline workers - including doctors and nurses - would continue on Tuesday if their demands were not met.
But journalists asked if the "stronger" measures were in the interests of the people of Hong Kong, given that government figures showed that more than 60 percent of the 11,715 people who arrived in Hong Kong from mainland China on Sunday did so via the three border points that are to remain open. Hospital Authority chief Tony Ko Pat-sing refused to directly respond to workers' demands, including shutting down the entire border and pardoning strikers. "They are completely irrelevant to the strike", she said at a press conference on Monday. "At this critical juncture, I could not agree with the use of extreme means", she said.
Total visitors to Hong Kong plunged by 51.5 percent year-over-year in December, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, as Chinese nationals stayed away amid the pro-democracy protests.
IHS Markit said the repercussion is likely to be greater than the SARS epidemic in 2003.
Hospital staff wear face protection at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong, Saturday, Feb, 1, 2020.
Hong Kong already was struggling with its first recession in a decade when China's virus outbreak hit, prompting the territory and other governments to impose travel curbs that have disrupted business. "We expect the government to utilize its resources to launch more measures to support the economy".