Heathrow hotel to become Coronavirus quarantine centre

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A Heathrow hotel has closed in order for it to be used as a Coronavirus quarantine centre.

The Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel Hotel reportedly closed on Saturday, with sources telling the Independent newspaper that the hotel has been block booked as a potential quarantine zone for international visitors to the UK who develop coronavirus or for Britons evacuated to the UK from overseas.

A spokesman for the IHG Group, who run the hotel, told the Independent that the hotel had been “block booked” but was unable to comment further on the matter.

The UK already uses an NHS facility at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral and a hotel and conference centre at Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes as quarantine for people evacuated from Wuhan, China.

74 Britons remains quarantined on the cruise liner, the Diamond Princess, moored in Japan, where 454 people have now tested positive for the virus. The British government is yet to make a decision on whether to repatriate them back to the UK.

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