Hong Kong recorded no new coronavirus infections on Monday for the primary time in nearly two months, although risks of imported cases remained.
Because of the shortage of cases, the Department of Health and Hospital Authority has decided to not hold a daily press briefing, through which they need to be been providing virus-related information every day at 4.30 p.m. since late January, reports the South China Morning Post (SCMP).
As of Monday, Hong Kong has 1,025 coronavirus cases, with four deaths.
Hong Kong recorded its first case of COVID-19 infection on January 23, and therefore the last time the town detected no new infections was on March 5.
The infection rate increased in March when overseas residents rushed back from Britain, the US, and Europe, bringing the virus back with them. But the surge has slowly dwindled, and Hong Kong has recorded single-digit cases for quite every week.
Meanwhile, a government source told the SCMP the Regal Oriental Hotel, in Kowloon City, had been becoming a quarantine centre, as health authorities had been trying to work out the way to minimise the danger from residents returning to Hong Kong from overseas.
Officials had considered making travelers stay behind to urge their test results before sending them home for further isolation.
Many of the hotel guests were forced to go away to their rooms after a fast notice on Sunday night that it had been to be used as a quarantine facility.
Guests would be transferred to a different hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, consistent with a member of the hotel staff.
A spokeswoman for the Regal Oriental Hotel confirmed to the SCMP that the govt had requisitioned the entire hotel for quarantine purposes, but gave few details on who would be quarantined there, and for a way long.