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Quarantine a boon for some Hong Kong hotels

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Quarantine a boon for some Hong Kong hotels

Quarantine a boon for some Hong Kong hotels

As thousands of Hong Kong locals and expatriates return to the city, many are seeking refuge in hotels, fearful that cramped apartments in one of the world's most expensive property markets could put families or flatmates at risk.

Gloria Tso has more.

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As locals and expatriates return to Hong Kong during a chaotic period of social distancing many are seeking refuge in hotels, fearful that cramped apartments in one of the world's most expensive property markets could put families or flatmates at risk.

For student Christopher Wong, his daily life is restricted to this hotel room with some strict orders from hotel management: (SOUNDBITE) (English), 20-YEAR-OLD UNIVERSITY STUDENT, CHRISTOPHER WONG, SAYING: "We are not supposed to leave our room.

And they are not doing room cleaning services as well, and then any trash we have, we are supposed to put it outside the door ourselves instead of them coming into our rooms to collect it." Wong returned from the UK just a day after Hong Kong imposed a mandatory 14 day quarantine on all overseas arrivals.

He must wear a government-issued quarantine wristband that tracks his every movement.

And when he wakes up: (SOUNDBITE) (English), 20-YEAR-OLD UNIVERSITY STUDENT, CHRISTOPHER WONG, SAYING: "I take my temperature to make sure I'm not ill, probably order food delivery and do some of my uni work and just chill a bit.

Watch TV, Netflix a bit and yeah, that's pretty much how I spend my day." The bulk of the city's 7 million population lives in flats that no bigger than 500 square feet.

So for Christopher, he says he's happy he can stay in a hotel room and not put his family at risk: SOUNDBITE) (English 20-YEAR-OLD UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNDERGOING SELF-QUARANTINE, CHRISTOPHER WONG, SAYING: "A lot of families in Hong Kong, myself included, like mine included, may not necessarily have homes large enough for home quarantining.

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.my home only only has one toilet, and that has to be shared among all my family members, my dad and mother.

Pretty much all the space in my home is communal, which means it won't be practically possible to keep myself completely away from them." As of Monday (April 6), Hong Kong has nearly 900 confirmed coronavirus cases.





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