A week of quarantine for 300 guests and staff at a Hong Kong hotel has come to an end, with authorities removing the seals that had kept them isolated from the outside world.
There was outrage initially among many of those who were confined to the building when a Mexican guest was found to have the new H1N1 ‘flu virus. But all emerged with certificates proving a clean bill of health. According to the Hong Kong media, the quarantine at the Metropark Hotel blossomed into love for two couples, and one report said that among those trapped was a call-girl who had to spend the week with her client. While health experts praised the Hong Kong authorities for their tough measures, the guests were confused to begin with, and angry because they thought they could all be infected. Mexico’s government accused China of discrimination when Mexicans were confined whether or not they were ill. Beijing denied that, saying the measures were necessary safeguards. But the strategy appears to have worked. There have been no further cases reported in China.