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Coronavirus

Top Hong Kong public figures quarantined after birthday party

Politicians and officials isolated and shamed for flouting virus restrictions

The spartan quarantine facility at Penny's Bay on Lantau Island was completed last year as part of Hong Kong's COVID-19 pandemic response.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- More than two dozen Hong Kong politicians and top government officials, including the city's immigration chief, were ordered on Friday into a spartan quarantine facility at Penny's Bay on Lantau Island after they were exposed to suspected COVID-19 cases at a birthday party.  

The mass quarantine, which sparked a flurry of apologies from the officials concerned, comes just days after Hong Kong's government tightened virus restrictions following an outbreak of the highly-transmissible omicron variant traced to Cathay Pacific airline crew.

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