HONG KONG: Hong Kong has recognized greater than 20,000 hotel rooms for quarantine lodging, chief Carrie Lam stated 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 stated 21 resorts had expressed curiosity in turning their services into isolation venues, exceeding “by a large margin the government’s original target of 7,000 to 10,000 rooms”.
Quarantine services in Hong Kong have reached capability and hospital beds are greater than 90 per cent full as cases spiral, with some sufferers, together with aged, left mendacity on beds exterior in chilly, typically wet climate.
Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) stated late on Thursday it might present 1,000 rooms in two resorts for isolation services and would broadcast a authorities promotional video on vaccine passports in its main malls.
New World Development stated it deliberate to supply round 700 rooms, whereas Henderson Land Development stated its founding Lee household would donate HK$10 million (US$1.3 million) to ship anti-epidemic supplies to aged properties, amongst others.
The strikes come as Hong Kong authorities report new cases have multiplied 60 instances thus far this month, and after Chinese President Xi Jinping stated town’s “overriding mission” was to stabilise and control the outbreak.