HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health assuaged public concern about possible locations for quarantine facilities by stressing that it will first consider requisitioning holiday villages.
Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection said it readied at least three quarantine facilities and is preparing a fourth for quarantining asymptomatic close contacts of patients
In a press release issued late Sunday, the CHP said it readied at least three quarantine facilities and is preparing a fourth for quarantining asymptomatic close contacts of people suffering from infections from a novel coronavirus that first emerged in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province.
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In the press release, the government said it will halt plans to use Fai Ming Estate in Fanling as a possible quarantine site.
"The government acknowledges and understands that there is concern among some residents in the North District of the requisition of Fai Ming Estate," it said in a statement late Sunday. “Representatives of relevant government departments will attend North District Council meeting this Wednesday to explain and discuss on the issue. Meanwhile, the government will cease the related preparation work in Fai Ming Estate.”
A protest against a Hong Kong government plan to use a new and unoccupied public housing estate as a possible coronavirus quarantine facility turned violent as radicals set fires and destroyed some property.
A group of masked radicals initially barricaded a road in the Fanling district. Radicals blocked roads, built barricades with trash and paralyzed traffic in Fanling, police said. Later, they damaged traffic lights and set fire to the lobby of buildings by throwing petrol bombs, it said. Riot police were seen walking around the estate asking people to show their identities and inspecting their bags.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Saturday upgraded the government's response against the coronavirus to the highest level and said the outbreak could extend the city's recession into 2020. Hong Kong has six confirmed infections as of Sunday.
With inputs from agencies
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