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Coronavirus: Hong Kong weighs converting temporary Covid facilities into quarantine sites for those headed for mainland China; city logs 4,683 new Covid cases

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City leader John Lee says potential move aimed at easing booking crunch for travellers headed for mainland, amid complaints of limited quarantine slots on other side

Hong Kong may convert temporary hospitals and isolation facilities for Covid-19 patients into quarantine sites for travellers headed to mainland China, as part of plans to reopen the border between both sides.

Speaking to the press after a community visit in Sham Shui Po, Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu on Saturday said the government had been communicating continuously with mainland counterparts, hoping to “minimise the inconvenience of quarantine caused to residents returning to the mainland”.

The chief executive’s remarks came as Hong Kong reported 4,683 new Covid-19 infections, 193 of which were imported, and four more deaths. The overall tally has now risen to 1,349,360 cases, with 9,501 related fatalities.

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