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Quarantine us at home, not at a camp, passenger says

2020-02-16 HKT 17:13
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  • A passenger quarantined on board the Diamond Princess says while she doesn't mind being quarantined at home for another 14 days, she doesn't want to be sent to a camp. Photo: AP
    A passenger quarantined on board the Diamond Princess says while she doesn't mind being quarantined at home for another 14 days, she doesn't want to be sent to a camp. Photo: AP
A Hong Kong woman who has spent almost two weeks in quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, told RTHK on Sunday that she doesn’t want to be stuck in a quarantine camp for another 14 days when gets home.

Ms Ng is one of around 330 Hong Kong people on the cruise ship that the government is offering to bring back home via chartered flights as soon as the Japanese government gives the go-ahead.

However, the government has said all of those evacuated will have to stay at quarantine centres for another 14 days after getting back.

“We have taken the test [for coronavirus] this morning”, Ng said. “If the test is negative… I don’t think we need to have the quarantine in the centre again, but of course I don’t mind to be quarantined at home.”

However, the prospect of being under lock down for another two weeks is not enough to dissuade Ng from taking up the government’s offer of a chartered flight back home.

“I’m happy to learn that the Hong Kong government will send a chartered flight here to evacuate us”, she said. “And most likely I will take this chartered flight… because I’m afraid [if we arrange our own transportation] we may have a chance to mix with other passengers.”

Japanese authorities say 355 of the almost 4,000 on board the Diamond Princess have the Covid-19 virus. Eleven are from Hong Kong.

Meantime, DAB lawmaker Vincent Cheng said on Sunday that he has flown to Tokyo with medicine and daily necessities to support the Hongkongers quarantined on the ship.