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No back up plan other than Chung Yeung estate: CE

2020-02-18 HKT 11:50
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  • No back up plan other than Chung Yeung estate: CE
Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that the government has no option but to convert a new public housing estate in Fo Tan into a quarantine centre as other available facilities are already nearing capacity.

Authorities have arranged chartered flights for around 350 Hong Kong residents who have been quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan for the past two weeks, and will require those who return to be isolated for a further 14 days at Chun Yeung Estate.

There is no plan B, said Lam. Therefore, it is necessary to requisition the public housing estate in Fo Tan and use it as a quarantine centre, she said.

Lam said she understands the concerns of residents near the quarantine centre, but emphasised that the estate will be strictly guarded, and tight regulations will be enforced.

The CE said she hoped that the public will understand and accommodate to the situation. “This is for the interest of Hong Kong as a whole,” she told reporters before the weekly Executive Council meeting.

If there is no quarantine centre to place people suspected of having the virus, and they are allowed to walk through the streets, it will put Hong Kong society at risk, she said.

Lam condemned attacks on the estate again and said if that building can't be turned into a quarantine center, there is no backup plan.

She said building a new quarantine facility will take time.

The government has promised HK$6,000 payments to affected residents, as they will be unable to move in to the estate for several months, until it is cleansed and disinfected.