Hong Kong flags COVID quarantine policy change

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Hong Kong, Sept. 20 (BNA): Hong Kong leader John Lee said on Tuesday the government aims to make an announcement soon on its controversial COVID-19 hotel quarantine policy for all arrivals, as it wants to keep the city connected with the rest of the world and allow an "orderly opening up".


Lee said he was conscious Hong Kong needed to retain its competitiveness, adding that authorities were keen to bring back events and activities to the city.


"We know exactly where we should be heading and want to be consistent as we move in that direction. We would like to have an orderly opening-up...because we don't want to have chaos or confusion in the process," he told reporters.


The changes could be announced this week, Reuters reported.


Taking its cues from China which is pursuing a zero-COVID policy, Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world to still require travelers from abroad to quarantine upon arrival although the length of quarantine has eased over time. Currently, arrivals must pay for three days in a hotel and follow that with four days of self-monitoring. 

 

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