Hong Kong prolonged its obligatory quarantine to 3 weeks for nearly all worldwide travellers from Friday, saying the measure was wanted to stop new, extra infectious, coronavirus variants from spreading.
The federal government mentioned professional recommendation steered that the incubation interval of the virus may very well be longer than 14 days in some individuals—so passengers will now need to endure obligatory quarantine in designated lodges for 3 weeks, moderately than the earlier two.
Solely travellers arriving from mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan might be exempt from the tighter restrictions.
The federal government additionally introduced a ban on individuals who have stayed in South Africa up to now 21 days from getting into Hong Kong.
A brand new variant of the coronavirus, believed to be extra infectious, has been spreading in South Africa, and a number of other different nations have positioned restrictions on travellers from the nation.
Since Tuesday, flights from Britain have additionally been banned from Hong Kong, following the invention of a brand new pressure of coronavirus there.
Well being officers mentioned two college students returned to Hong Kong from the UK might need been contaminated by this new variant.
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