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Hong Kong Hotel Quarantine Criticized After Omicron Outbreak

  • Cross-infection in quarantine hotel seeded the virus locally
  • Thousands in housing estate locked down as omicron spreads
The Silka Seaview Hotel in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
The Silka Seaview Hotel in Kowloon, Hong Kong.Source: Google Maps
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Hong Kong’s onerous system of hotel quarantine for travelers was meant to stop infection from seeping into a largely virus-free city. Instead, it’s become a spreading ground, seeding an omicron outbreak that’s led to thousands of people being locked down and calls for reform of the controversial setup. 

An outbreak at a public housing estate of over 200 confirmed and preliminarily positive cases on Monday has been traced to a traveler who caught omicron while undergoing 21 days of isolation at a hotel in Kowloon. While she entered the hotel Covid-free, the pathogen was transmitted to her from an infected person staying at the same hotel.