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'confusion reigns': life inside hong kong's coronavirus quarantine centres | world news

Around eight o’ clock in the morning the doorbell of the tiny single room blares, announcing at obscene volume the arrival of breakfast. The person who delivered it is long gone by the time the door opens.Inside the occupant looks out the window to the grounds of the complex that they aren’t allowed to visit. They wonder how long they have to stay locked up, because no one has told them.This is life inside Hong Kong’s coronavirus quarantine centres, where new arrivals to the region and those who are “close contacts” of confirmed cases are held until they are deemed not to be carrying the virus. Read more Hong Kong is routinely praised for getting on top of the initial outbreak of Covid-19 infections, but as the region battles with an emerging second wave of infections, people who have had contact with a confirmed case are receiving alarming phone calls ordering them into government quarantine centres for up to 14 days.They are told to pack a bag and await collection, which can take as long as 24 hours. In some cases their transport is a bus filled with other potential carriers, taking them all to one of three designated quarantine centres. The centre for health protection has declined to say why it has been transporting people on buses together.While few are questioning the need for quarantine, the lack of specific information has caused fear and confusion. After learning he had “brief contact” with a confirmed case, British man Paul Ryding self-isolated at his Hong Kong home immediately. Then he received the phone call.“Don’t believe everything you read about Hong Kong’s laudable or competent response to the #coronavirus outbreak,” wrote Ryding on Twitter.“Confusion reigns at this particular ‘quarantine camp’ and the inmates here are being treated horrendously.”Paul Ryding (@pjrydo)As of this minute, I've been sequestered at a "#quarantine camp" by the Hong Kong government for 24 hours. I was made to come here because I had brief contact with a positive case over a week ago. I have so far had no contact whatsoever with any health professional ...March 21, 2020Photos from one quarantine centre – a repurposed holiday village – show small rooms with beds crammed in to fit a family, and dirty bathrooms. Some arrivals have their temperature checked by health officers when still on the bus.One quarantined person told the Guardian they were held in an old building and the rooms were damp and dirty with no hot water. Showers on upper levels leaked into those below.They described mosquitoes in the rooms and mould on the ceiling. The person said they were not given bottled water for 24 hours.“The three beds have thin mattresses and are covered in plastic and we have made them up with the damp sheets, everything is damp.”The sole parent travelling with their two children must also take their temperatures twice a day and phone the results in. They told the Guardian they were “struggling mentally”.FacebookTwitterPinterest Inside a Hong Kong government quarantine centre. Photograph:...

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