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Chinese people in Hong Kong are going to great lengths to get back to the mainland as COVID-19 takes hold in the formerly virus-free financial hub, posing a challenge for officials fearful of contagion.

On Friday, hundreds of people queued at a border checkpoint between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, with many waiting hours to get through the checks and processes. Most have family ties with the mainland or are Chinese nationals studying or working in Hong Kong.

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