Guangzhou to Build COVID19 Quarantine Facility Near Airport
SCMP reported the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is planning to build a massive quarantine complex for international travellers and local residents from high-risk areas because local hotels cannot cope with highly transmissible Covid-19 mutations such as the Delta variant. Leading respiratory expert Mr Zhong Nanshan said “There will be 5,000 isolated spaces and the people there will be isolated according to strict rules to make sure they do not infect each other.”
Mr Zhong said that after observing the transmissibility of the Delta variant in Guangdong province during the past month, he was convinced that using hotels as quarantine facilities would not be enough to stop the spread of the disease given it was a lot more transmissible than other pre-existing variants.
He added that Guangzhou receives between 80% and 90% of China’s international visitors, making it the most dangerous city in the country for Covid infection.
Since 21 May, 167 cases have been reported in Guangzhou and the Delta variant caused seven infections. Models produced by the Guangzhou Centre for Disease Control and Prevention predict that cases in Guangzhou could reach 7.3 million in 20 to 30 days if no control measures were taken, but that this could be reduced to 171 with effective prevention.