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'Worse than prison': Asia strains to quarantine masses

Coronavirus wreaks havoc on region's tourism industry

BANGKOK/SYDNEY -- The hundreds of Australian nationals evacuated from China's Wuhan -- the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak -- were told that their subsequent 14-day quarantine on Christmas Island would take place in a facility that included a gym and a library.

Instead, the quarantine site the government selected to house evacuees has been criticized for its poor hygiene and inadequate facilities, with one returnee describing it "worse than a prison." The complaints seem to reflect the broader challenge countries face as they try to quarantine a large number of their own citizens.

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