HK tightens quarantine rules for Taiwan arrivals


Breaking the chain of infection: An expert has said Hong Kong needs to stay vigilant, given its low level of herd immunity. — Bloomberg

HONG KONG: The island has banned non-residents flying in from Taiwan after reporting one imported Covid-19 case yesterday, making it the second time in three days that the government has tightened rules on Taiwan arrivals.

The latest policy change came as Taiwan reported an all-time high of 333 locally transmitted cases yesterday, more than tenfold its standing record before the latest round of infections were reported.

Hong Kong recorded 719 local infections in the past three days.

It announced yesterday that foreigners would be banned from entry until June 18.

Travellers arriving in Hong Kong who have yet to be fully vaccinated are now required to undergo a 21-day hotel quarantine and undergo four tests within that period, the government said.

The fully vaccinated are subject to a two-week hotel quarantine and three swab tests during the isolation period.

Leung Chi-chiu, a respiratory medicine expert, said current outbreaks in Taiwan spiralled quickly and may have started in April.

Citing Taiwan’s low vaccine uptake rate and near-normal social activities before the new outbreak, Leung said Hong Kong needed to stay vigilant, given its low level of herd immunity. — China Daily/ANN

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