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Hotels open doors to health care workers and coronavirus patients

In Asia-Pacific, Airbnb also takes part but public safety is a concern

Japanese hotel operator Apa Group is in talks to open some of its properties in Japan to quarantine coronavirus patients. (Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

TOKYO -- As hotels and home rental businesses face huge hits to their business from travel restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus, some hotel operators and homeowners in the Asia-Pacific region are helping to battle the outbreak by offering rooms to medical workers or patients with mild symptoms.

For those with room to spare, it is an opportunity to put space to productive use, while also fulfilling what many see as a social responsibility. But the moves are not always welcomed by employees, who are concerned they may become ill themselves.

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