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Hong Kong politicians sent to quarantine after birthday party

Hong Kong politicians sent to quarantine after birthday party

Dozens of senior Hong Kong officials and lawmakers were ordered into quarantine on Friday after a coronavirus cluster detected at a birthday party attended by many of the city's political elite widened.
The high-profile entries into Hong Kong's 21-day quarantine facilities have left city authorities red-faced as they prepare to install a new “patriots only” legislature, which is scheduled to hold its first meeting next week.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has ordered a probe into 13 top officials who attended the party, vowing that “appropriate action” will be taken after an investigation is complete.

The 13 officials – including the city's police, immigration and anti-corruption chiefs – were ordered not to work during quarantine, and that days spent in isolation will come out of their holiday allowances.

“Government officials must set an example and uphold discipline, maintain a high level of alertness at all times and avoid participating in high-risk activities,” Lam wrote in a late-night statement.

Those senior officials, as well as 19 legislators, were among about 170 people who attended a Monday night birthday bash for Witman Hung, a member of China's top lawmaking body.

A single preliminary coronavirus case was detected at the party, sparking an initial run of quarantine orders on Thursday for a handful of people deemed to be close contacts.

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