Hong Kong bans passengers from 153 countries from transit through its airport
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This suspension aims to “control the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19” and concerns all countries classified as “high risk” for health by the Hong Kong authorities. It will take effect on January 16, for a period of one month.
On January 14, Hong Kong airport announced that air passengers from 153 countries will no longer be able to transit through the city, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
This suspension, which concerns all countries classified as “high risk” health by the Hong Kong authorities – including France – will take effect on January 16 and should end on February 15, said the airport on its website. It aims to “control the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19”.
Since January 8, Hong Kong has already banned access to its territory to any passenger who has stayed more than two hours in the last 21 days in eight countries: Australia, Canada, United States, France, India, Pakistan, Philippines, UK.
Transit through Hong Kong airport will therefore now be impossible for people coming from all other countries deemed to be “high risk”. Entering Hong Kong will remain possible for them provided they are vaccinated and through 21 days of quarantine.
A “zero Covid” strategy
Along with mainland China, Hong Kong is one of the last places in the world to cling to the “zero Covid” strategy, consisting in avoiding at all costs the spread of the coronavirus on its territory with a draconian policy of isolating the sick and their contacts.
This strategy has enabled the city of 7.5 million inhabitants to record just over 12,000 cases and only 213 deaths since the start of the pandemic, but at the cost of costly international isolation for this. major global financial center.
The authorities have been on a war footing since the appearance of a small focus of local contamination of the Omicron variant in a restaurant, which triggered massive testing campaigns, frantic tracing of contact cases, but also the closure of bars, sports facilities, schools, cinemas and museums, as well as a curfew for restaurants from 6 p.m.
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