Isolation hotels to turn into quarantine hotels: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Wednesday that work is underway to convert some hotels currently used for isolation purposes into designated hotels for inbound arrivals to undergo quarantine. Since February, the government enlisted more than 20 hotels to serve as community isolation facilities as the city battles the Omicron...

Hung Shui Kiu Covid isolation facility opens

Chief Secretary John Lee on Thursday announced the opening of a community isolation facility in Hung Shui Kiu. There are around 550 rooms with 1,600 beds at the site -- the fifth built with help from the central government. Speaking to reporters after inspecting the facility, Lee said from next...

Stop the fake news about govt’s Covid work: John Lee

Chief Secretary John Lee on Sunday warned that authorities will take action against people who spread rumours about the government's anti-epidemic work. He was commenting on a photo circulating online which claimed that the ceiling of a toilet had collapsed at a community isolation centre. Speaking to reporters after inspecting...

300,000 Covid patients and contacts isolating: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Sunday that the government believes there could be some 300,000 coronavirus patients and their family contacts currently undergoing isolation or quarantine at home. She admitted at a daily Covid briefing that authorities are still lagging behind in providing support to some of these families....

Tsing Yi Covid camp around 80 percent full

The Security Bureau says around 970 rooms at the newly built Tsing Yi isolation camp were in use by Tuesday morning, making it about 80 percent full. The bureau said there had been a favourable response to a hotline set up by the Fire Services Department on Sunday for people...

New Covid hotline sees strong response: Fire Services

The Fire Services Department says there’s been a strong response to a hotline it set up to assist Covid-19 patients who wish to go into a community isolation facility. Speaking on an RTHK programme on Monday, an assistant director of the department, Wong Chun-yip said it had received over 4,000...

Government launches new Covid-reporting hotline

Security Secretary Chris Tang said a new hotline for people who have just tested positive for Covid-19 would be launched on Sunday night, so isolation facilities can be arranged for them. Anyone who tests positive can send a WhatsApp message to 5233-1833, as long as they have no symptoms -...

Isolation centre toilets have privacy, govt clarifies

The government on Thursday condemned people who spread rumours that the Tsing Yi isolation facility hospital is equipped with toilets without partitions. In a statement issued in the evening, a spokesman for the Security Bureau (SB) noted there are claims online that toilets in the Tsing Yi community isolation facility...

John Lee hails ‘miraculous’ new isolation facility

Chief Secretary John Lee on Tuesday hailed the speedy, seven-day construction of a new isolation facility in Tsing Yi as "miraculous", as the centre began admitting people with Covid-19 who have no or only mild symptoms. The site is the first of a number that Beijing is helping to build...

Full steam ahead on Tsing Yi isolation facility

The Chief Secretary for Administration, John Lee, convened an inter-departmental meeting on Monday, to press full steam ahead with the commissioning of the community isolation facility (CIF) in Tsing Yi, and to ensure that ancillary facilities can accommodate emergency needs. Supported by the Central Government, work on the CIE commenced...

Two more sites identified for isolation facilities

The government says it has identified two more sites for the construction of community isolation and treatment facilities for Covid-19 patients. In a statement, the administration said one of the plots is lent by a private developer and is located near Ma Sik Road in Fanling. The other site is...

‘Hold off on citywide testing until fifth wave peaks’

Epidemiologist Gabriel Leung said on Thursday that the government should only roll out its universal testing programme after the city’s Omicron outbreak has reached a peak in the first half of March and when Hong Kong has sufficient isolation facilities. He made the comment after Chief Executive Carrie Lam on...

‘Ensure enough isolation facilities for mass tests’

Medical experts on Wednesday called on authorities to make sure there are sufficient isolation facilities for those who test positive in the citywide Covid-19 screening exercise planned for next month. Professor Lau Yu-lung, who chairs an advisory committee of the Centre for Health Protection, estimated that the number of asymptomatic...

Discharge conditions set out for isolation patients

The government on Sunday set out its criteria to discharge Covid patients in isolation, as hospitals and other facilities struggle with rising case numbers from the Omicron outbreak. It said the aim was to give hospital priority to urgent cases and make proper use of community isolation facilities, while reducing...

Mainland teams to build 10,000 isolation units in HK

Construction teams from the mainland are to build 10,000 isolation and treatment units for Covid patients at Penny's Bay and Kai Tak. Attending a ceremony to mark the occasion on Saturday afternoon, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam thanked the central government for alleviating the shortage of facilities here. "I thank...

Over 10,000 hotel rooms can be used for isolation: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Wednesday that she is optimistic that at least 10,000 hotel rooms can be converted into isolation facilities for Covid patients who have no or mild symptoms. The government said in a press release that Lam conducted a virtual meeting with the executive director of...