Hong Kong will look into shortening Covid-19 quarantine necessities for travellers, whereas nonetheless aiming to curb the unfold of the virus and stop hospitals from being overwhelmed, town’s new chief John Lee stated.
Lee spoke at his first weekly information convention as town’s Chief Executive after being sworn in on Friday by China’s President Xi Jinping following celebrations marking 25 years because the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule.
China is alone amongst main international locations to pursue a “zero Covid” technique that goals to stamp out all outbreaks at nearly any value. “I am conscious of the need for Hong Kong to remain open and convenient to travellers, but it is also important that we address the risks at the same time,” Lee informed reporters.
He added he had instructed Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau to look into shortening obligatory quarantine for travellers, however didn’t give additional particulars. “I’m giving him time to look at the statistics so that he will formulate some options that we may consider,” Lee stated.
Hong Kong, which has a number of the most stringent journey restrictions on this planet exterior mainland China has reported every day case tolls of round 2,000 infections up to now week, with out tightening guidelines. Such numbers would result in very stringent curbs on every day actions in any mainland metropolis.
The metropolis nonetheless imposes a seven-day lodge quarantine on arrival, on the traveler’s personal value, and calls for a raft of varieties and strict testing necessities from passengers boarding flights to Hong Kong.
Airlines face suspensions if they create in too many passengers who take a look at constructive after touchdown, resulting in canceled flights and folks struggling to re-book journeys and accommodations, ending up stranded, in some instances for months, exterior town. Lo stated on Monday he hoped the border with Shenzhen would reopen earlier than August 4.
The Asian monetary hub, which confronted a big wave of Covid infections this 12 months, has formally reported greater than 1 million instances and greater than 9,000 deaths – one of many highest fatality charges on this planet because the begin of the pandemic.
Some epidemiologists estimate greater than 4 million individuals within the metropolis of seven.4 million could have been contaminated. Health officers have stated town’s hospitals will not be beneath any important strain as Covid instances rise once more.