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Hong Kong cuts COVID hotel quarantine to 3 days for arrivals

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will reduce the mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals to three days from a week, the city’s leader said Monday.

The southern Chinese city remains one of the few places in the world, together with mainland China, to require a quarantine to guard against travelers spreading COVID-19 to the local population. The policy taking effect Friday will be Hong Kong’s shortest quarantine for arrivals since the pandemic began

Hong Kong leader John Lee said arriving travelers must quarantine three days in a designated hotel, then undergo four days of medical surveillance during which their movements will be restricted via the use of a health code system.

A couple wearing face masks walk along a street in Mongkok, a shopping district of Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Hong Kong will reduce the mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals to three days from a week, the city's leader said Monday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Lee said that the new policy of just three days in quarantine was made after scientific evidence and data had been analyzed to control the risk factors.

“We also have to balance the risks against the economic activities and the social lives of (people in) Hong Kong,” Lee said.

“(The data) gives us the indication that the risk factor of people who have finished three days quarantine in a designated hotel … is actually no more than the risk level of transmission in society,” he said.

The changes to COVID-19 policies come in spite of an increase in daily infections, which city health officials warn could double to 8,000 in the coming weeks.

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee, left, arrives for a news conference in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Lee said Monday that the length of mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals will be reduced to three days from a week. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

During their week of quarantine and surveillance, travelers will also have to test regularly for COVID-19 and those who are infected must stay in isolation.

Those who test negative can use public transit and enter malls and markets, but they can’t enter bars and amusement parks or visit elderly homes, schools and certain medical facilities.

For most of the pandemic, Hong Kong has imposed some of the world’s strictest COVID-19 entry restrictions. At one point, Hong Kong required up to 21 days of compulsory hotel quarantine for travelers and a “circuit breaker” mechanism that would ban flights from certain airlines into the city if they import too many COVID-19 cases.

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee arrives for a news conference in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Lee said Monday that the length of mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals will be reduced to three days from a week. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

These measures have devastated the city’s tourism industry and disrupted business travel in a city known for being an international financial center and a business hub.

Since the pandemic began, hundreds of thousands of residents have left Hong Kong. Many companies have also relocated to countries like Singapore where quarantine-free travel has resumed.

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee, center, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Lee said Monday that the length of mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals will be reduced to three days from a week. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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