Six more quarantine hotels coming for travellers

Health officials on Tuesday said another six hotels will start accepting bookings from inbound travellers for quarantine purposes from later this week. Officials said they had invited more operators to join the quarantine scheme in anticipation of more people coming to Hong Kong now that entry requirements have been relaxed....

Govt adds quarantine hotels for travellers

The government announced on Tuesday that it will convert three hotels originally reserved for the isolation of Covid patients into ones that accommodate travellers. Royal Pacific Hotel, The Kowloon Hotel and Cordis will start accepting bookings from people returning from overseas and foreign domestic helpers from Thursday. Four other quarantine...

Govt eases flight rules, adds quarantine hotels

The government announced two moves on Saturday intended to help SAR residents return to Hong Kong, easing a flight suspension mechanism and announcing that more quarantine hotels would be available when bans on arrivals from nine key destinations are withdrawn on Friday. Hours after Chief Executive Carrie Lam ruled out...

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...

Carrie Lam hints at changes to Covid rules

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Thursday that the government will soon give an update on its coronavirus strategy, as she acknowledged that residents and businesses in the SAR are losing patience with the situation. Speaking at her daily Covid briefing, Lam noted that it had been almost a month...

Govt moves helpers to new quarantine hotels

Some of the foreign domestic helpers currently undergoing quarantine at two designated hotels will be moved elsewhere to continue their isolation, the government announced on Thursday. Labour officials explained that this is because Courtyard by Marriott in Sha Tin and the Rambler Garden Hotel in Tsing Yi will be “redeployed...

‘Difficult finding budget hotels for foreign helpers’

A group representing the employers of foreign helpers says it's troublesome to find affordable quarantine hotels for them. Betty Yung, chairperson of the Hong Kong Employers of Domestic Helpers Association, was commenting after the government redeployed for other anti-epidemic purposes two hotels that were set aside for helpers. On Thursday...

Woman sentenced for quarantine breach

A 52-year-old woman was sentenced by the Kowloon City Magistrates' Court on Wednesday to 14 days' imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, for violating a compulsory quarantine order in July 2021. Having been ordered to quarantine at home for 14 days, the woman was found to have left her residence on...

CE’s top aide Eric Chan in quarantine

The director of the Chief Executive's Office, Eric Chan, will be quarantined at home after a family member tested positive for Covid-19 in a rapid test. According to the Chief Executive's Office, Chan and his other family members tested negative in rapid tests. They were identified as close contacts and...

Chris Tang completes quarantine, returns to work

The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, on Wednesday returned to work after completing his seven-day quarantine at home. Tang originally had to self-isolate at home for two weeks, starting on February 23, after his wife and domestic helper came down with Covid-19. But authorities had since updated their guidelines and...

Patrick Nip in quarantine after wife contracts Covid

The Secretary for the Civil Service, Patrick Nip, was on Thursday ordered by health authorities to undergo a two-week home quarantine after his wife contracted Covid-19. A spokesman from his bureau said both the minister's rapid and deep throat saliva tests conducted in the morning came back negative. His other...

John Lee in home quarantine after helper infected

The government said on Tuesday that Chief Secretary John Lee is undergoing home quarantine after his foreign domestic helper tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. A spokesman for Lee's office said the minister and his family had taken rapid tests which came back negative. The spokesman added that Lee and his...

Lawmaker concerned about quarantine at public estate

A DAB lawmaker expressed deep concern on Tuesday over the government’s plan to use two blocks of the new Queen's Hill Estate in Fanling as quarantine facilities. The plan was unveiled by Chief Executive Carrie Lam ahead of the weekly executive council meeting on Tuesday, as Hong Kong seeks ways...

Home quarantine ordered for Covid patients’ contacts

Health authorities on Thursday issued home quarantine orders for some close contacts of Covid patients, as well as people who were more indirectly linked them. A list published on the Centre for Health Protection website shows they live in around 300 buildings across the territory. They will be home-bound for...

Home quarantine brings higher risk, officials concede

The Controller of the Centre for Health Protection, Edwin Tsui, on Monday appealed to people to support those put under home quarantine after coming into contact with Covid patients, despite acknowledging there could be an increased risk of infection associated with the new arrangement. As infections in the city continue...

‘Covid patients may have to self-isolate at home’

The head of the Hospital Authority, Tony Ko, said on Sunday that patients may eventually have to self-isolate at home if quarantine facilities become overwhelmed, but added medical staff will check on them over the phone. Authorities had announced that the Penny’s Bay quarantine centre will be ready to house...

SAR reports unprecedented 351 daily Covid cases

Hong Kong reported a record 351 Covid-19 cases on Saturday – more than twice the previous highest daily total – as the Omicron variant continued to drive the SAR's heaviest wave of infections. All but eight of the new infections are locally transmitted, with officials still tracing the source of...

Officials may call app users for tests or quarantine

Health authorities may in future call up people who need to be tested for Covid-19 or sent into quarantine using contact information provided in the LeaveHomeSafe app. Secretary for Innovation and Technology Alfred Sit said on Monday that operators of regulated premises will soon use a device to scan a...

Govt adds three hotels for contacts of Covid patients

The Government said on Monday that three hotels will be added as quarantine hotels for close contacts of cases tested positive for the coronavirus until April 30. It said in a statement that Dorsett Mongkok, Hong Kong and Grand City Hotel would be activated immediately, and Dorsett Tsuen Wan would...