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Covid-19: Hong Kong says 20,000 hotel rooms booked for quarantine as cases rise – News

The measures come as Hong Kong authorities report new cases have increased 60-fold so far this month



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By Reuters

Published: Fri 18 Feb 2022, 06:58

Hong Kong has identified more than 20,000 hotel rooms for quarantine accommodation, leader Carrie Lam said on Friday, as property developers huddled together in support of the global financial hub’s battle to curb a rise in cases of Covid-19.

Lam said 21 hotels had expressed interest in turning their facilities into places of isolation, “far exceeding the government’s initial target of 7,000 to 10,000 rooms”.

Quarantine facilities in Hong Kong have reached capacity and hospital beds are more than 90% full as cases surge, with some patients, including the elderly, being left lying on beds outside. outside in cold and sometimes rainy weather.

Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) said late Thursday that it could provide 1,000 rooms in two hotels for isolation facilities and would show a government promotional video on vaccine passports in its major malls.

New World Development said it plans to provide around 700 rooms, while Henderson Land Development said its founding Lee family would donate HK$10 million ($1.3 million) to send anti- epidemic at retirement homes, among others.

The moves come as Hong Kong authorities report new cases have increased 60-fold so far this month, and after Chinese President Xi Jinping said the city’s “primary mission” is to stabilize and control the epidemic.

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“President Xi Jinping’s important instructions to support Hong Kong’s fight against the epidemic and the mobilization of relevant central departments to help Hong Kong have given renewed confidence to all Hong Kongers,” the SHKP chairman said Thursday. Raymond Kwok, in a statement.

The government said the Dorsett Tsuen Wan Hotel in the northern New Territories region of the city would provide accommodation from Friday to people who tested positive for Covid-19 but had no or mild symptoms.