Coronavirus: Hong Kong reduces Covid-19 hotel quarantine to 3 days for arrivals – News

City health officials warn infections could reach 8,000 in coming weeks



By AP

Published: Mon 8 August 2022, 08:07

Last update: Mon 8 August 2022, 08:41

Hong Kong will reduce the length of the mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from overseas to three days a week, the city leader said on Monday.

The southern Chinese city remains one of the few places in the world, along with mainland China, to require quarantine to guard against travelers spreading Covid-19 to locals. The policy taking effect on Friday will be Hong Kong’s shortest quarantine for arrivals since the pandemic began.

Hong Kong leader John Lee said arriving travelers must quarantine for three days at a designated hotel and then undergo four days of medical surveillance during which their movements will be restricted through the use of a security system. health code.

The changes to Covid-19 policies come amid a rise in infections, which city health officials say could reach 8,000 in the coming weeks.

During their week of quarantine and surveillance, travelers will also be required to test themselves regularly for Covid-19 and those who are infected will be required to remain in isolation.

Those who test negative can use public transport and enter shopping malls and markets, but they cannot enter bars and amusement parks or visit nursing homes, schools and some medical facilities. .

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