Published on Monday, February 17, 2020

Government block books Heathrow hotel as coronavirus quarantine facility

The UK Government has block booked a Holiday Inn hotel at Heathrow airport as a quarantine facility in anticipation of more potential coronavirus cases arriving in the UK.

The Heathrow Ariel hotel on Bath Road will be used for those considered to be at risk but with nowhere else to go, the Department of Health said.

Rooms will be given to people who have been advised to self-isolate after returning from at-risk countries but do not have a place to do so.

It's reported the hotel closed to the public on Saturday and staff were told it would not re-open for bookings until March at the earliest.

Guests booked to stay at hotel the have been transferred to sister hotels.

The move comes as the Government considers an evacuation flight to bring home the Britons stuck on the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, where 454 people have now been diagnosed with the disease.

The Foreign Office is in contact with the 74 British nationals on the Diamond Princess ship in Yokohama about the possibility of repatriation flights.

A Number 10 spokesperson said: "We sympathise with all those caught up in this extremely difficult situation. The Foreign Office is in contact with all British people on the Diamond Princess, including to establish interest in a possible repatriation flight. We are urgently considering all options to guarantee the health and safety of those on board."

The ship's two-week quarantine is due to end on Wednesday, although any passengers who shared a cabin with someone who has tested positive face an extra two weeks on board.

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  • UK government Serious ?

    Cant help getting the feeling that this government is not taking the virus Outbreak seriously.China has basically locked down the whole country ....others opening specialist observation hospitals and ensuring critical testing following even the slight possibility...while Westminster has hired a trendy hotel beside an International London Airport with anything up to 100 Million travelers per year passing through....Thats beside the fact there are about 8 Million London residents within 20 mile of the .."Isolation facility"....??

    By Terry McManus, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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