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Chaos at Hong Kong Quarantine Camp Leaves Some Detainees Without Food and Power

  • Government is struggling to house, feed and test 3,000 people
  • Comes as city tries to curb virus spread, maintain Covid Zero
Isolation units at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre in Hong Kong in December 2021. 
Isolation units at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre in Hong Kong in December 2021. Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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Hours without electricity or mobile-phone reception. No food for an entire day. Dozens unable to leave because of missing documents. 

These are among the tales of chaos pouring out of a makeshift quarantine camp in Hong Kong, as one of Asia’s wealthiest cities struggles to house, feed and process some 3,000 people it has forcibly isolated in a desperate bid to stamp out the virus from the Chinese territory of 7.4 million people.