Hong Kong’s third community isolation center (CIF) built with mainland support was put into operation immediately after it was handed over to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government on Saturday.
John Lee, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government, visited the newly built CIF on the island of the Hong Kong Border Crossing Facilities of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which provides more of 400 rooms with approximately 1,200 beds for emergency isolation.
The facility, which covers an area of approximately 24,000 square meters, is made up of modular cabins, with each room fitted with basic furnishings and bedding, air conditioning and smoke detectors, among others.
Designed and built by China State Construction International Holdings Ltd., construction of the facility was completed in less than 20 days.
Lee said the completion of this isolation facility represents the central government’s full support for the Hong Kong SAR’s fight against COVID-19 as well as the effective coordination of the SAR Central People’s Government Liaison Office. of Hong Kong to advance the construction. It also represents the achievements after overcoming the difficulties through the tireless efforts of the construction staff.
“As more community isolation and treatment facilities are completed with the support of the central government and handed over to the Hong Kong SAR government for operation, we will make the best use of the facilities to isolate the infected people as soon as possible. possible in order to cut the chains of transmission, protect life and health and stabilize the epidemic situation,” Lee said.
Among the CIFs assisted by the mainland, those of Tsing Yi and San Tin have started operating and their room occupancy rate has reached about 80%. Fanling’s other Ma Sik Road projects, Hung Shui Kiu and Yuen Long’s Tam Mei, will be handed over to the Hong Kong SAR government this month.
The six facilities will provide about 20,000 additional beds for emergency isolation, according to Lee.
On Saturday, Hong Kong registered 15,789 new cases of COVID-19, according to official data. An online platform for submitting positive rapid antigen test (RAT) results received 11,858 more effective self-reports on Friday.