Printed on : Friday, January 14, 2022
Hong Kong will droop for a month transit flights from round 150 international locations and territories thought of excessive threat due to the escalation of the coronavirus variant Omicron, deepening the worldwide monetary hub’s isolation.
The transfer comes as town has seen round 50 circumstances of the fast-spreading Omicron variant because the finish of final 12 months.
Previous to the outbreak, which authorities mentioned could possibly be traced again to 2 aircrew members of Cathay Pacific Airways , town had had no native transmissions for over three months.
Hong Kong Worldwide Airport mentioned in a press release on Friday that any individuals who’ve stayed in locations categorised as excessive threat by well being authorities within the 21 days earlier than travelling can not transit by means of town from Jan. 16 till Feb. 15.
The measure was taken “with a purpose to management the unfold of the extremely infectious Omicron variant,” it mentioned.
Hong Kong presently classifies greater than 150 international locations and territories as excessive threat. Final week, it banned incoming flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Britain and america, together with interchanges.
The Chinese language-ruled metropolis has adopted mainland China’s coverage in adopting a zero-tolerance in the direction of native COVID-19 circumstances whilst a lot of the world shifts in the direction of dwelling with the coronavirus.
In current weeks, authorities have tightened quarantine restrictions on air crew and reintroduced curbs on social life.
There are fifteen kind of venues, together with bars and golf equipment, cinemas, gyms and wonder salons had been ordered to shut, whereas eating in eating places is banned after 6.00 pm. Major faculties and kindergartens have additionally shuttered.
Hong Kong authorities is predicted to announce that the restrictions will likely be prolonged by means of the Lunar New Yr vacation at first of February.