Hong Kong Considers Shorter COVID Quarantine for Travelers

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July 5. Hong Kong will look into shortening COVID-19 quarantine requirements for travelers, while still aiming to curb the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, the city’s new leader John Lee said on Tuesday.

Lee spoke at his first weekly news conference as the city’s chief executive after being sworn in on Friday by China’s President Xi Jinping following celebrations marking 25 years since the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule.

China is alone among major countries to pursue a “zero COVID” strategy that aims to stamp out all outbreaks at just about any cost.

“I am conscious of the need for Hong Kong to remain open and convenient to travelers, but it is also important that we address the risks at the same time,” Lee told reporters.

Hong Kong, which has some of the most stringent travel restrictions in the world outside mainland China has reported daily case tolls of around 2,000 infections in the past week, without tightening rules. Such numbers would lead to very stringent curbs on daily activities in any mainland city.

The city still imposes a seven-day hotel quarantine on arrival, at the traveller’s own cost, and demands a raft of forms and strict testing requirements from passengers boarding flights to Hong Kong.

Source: Reuters

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