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20,000 hotel rooms in Hong Kong earmarked for quarantine as COVID-19 cases surge

HONG KONG: Hong Kong has recognized greater than 20,000 hotel rooms for quarantine lodging, chief Carrie Lam mentioned on Friday (Feb 18), as property builders piled in to assist the worldwide monetary hub’s battle to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Lam mentioned 21 accommodations had expressed curiosity in turning their amenities into isolation venues, exceeding “by a large margin the government’s original target of 7,000 to 10,000 rooms”.

Quarantine amenities in Hong Kong have reached capability and hospital beds are greater than 90 per centĀ full as cases spiral, with some sufferers, together with aged, left mendacity on beds exterior in chilly, typically wet climate.

The strikes come as Hong Kong authorities report new cases have multiplied 60 instances to date this month, and after Chinese President Xi Jinping mentioned the town’s “overriding mission” was to stabilise and management the outbreak.

Mobile testing automobiles from mainland China arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday, a part of measures to assist the town enhance testing, authorities mentioned.

Hong Kong is predicted to report no less than 3,600 new infections on Friday, with one other 7,600 preliminary optimistic cases, native broadcaster TVB mentioned, citing an unidentified supply.

CK Asset Holdings, owned by billionaire Li Ka-shing, mentioned it will present greater than 3,000 hotel rooms in 4 accommodations. Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) mentioned late on Thursday it might present 1,000 rooms in two accommodations for isolation amenities and would broadcast a authorities promotional video on vaccine passports in its main malls.

New World Development mentioned it deliberate to supply round 700 rooms, whereas Henderson Land Development mentioned its founding Lee household would donate HK$10 million (US$1.3 million) to ship anti-epidemic supplies to aged houses, amongst others.

The strikes come as Hong Kong authorities report new cases have multiplied 60 instances to date this month, and after Chinese President Xi Jinping mentioned the town’s “overriding mission” was to stabilise and control the outbreak.

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