Hong Kong to Add 2,000 Quarantine Hotel Rooms before Holiday Season

Hong Kong authorities said they plan to add an estimated 2,000 quarantine hotel rooms before an expected busy Christmas holiday season.

Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners Executive Director Michael Li Hon-shing said the government was already in touch with sector representatives and estimated the number of rooms would grow from 10,000 to 12,000 from December 1, SCMP reported earlier today.

According to the Food and Health Bureau, 84% of the 36 hotels currently approved as coronavirus quarantine facilities from September to November were fully booked.

“We expect more residents will come back [to Hong Kong] during and after the Christmas holiday, and the government can estimate the number by checking flight bookings with the airlines,” Li said.

The new designated hotels in the sixth cycle were updated today with a listing of 40 quarantine hotels.

The expansion plans came after confirmed reports of two new coronavirus cases carrying the L452R mutant strain. 

The two new cases were a 51-year-old man from the United Kingdom and a three-year-old from Mongolia.

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