Hong Kong reclassifies 15 countries as ‘high risk’ for Covid-19 – News Vibe24

    Hong Kong reclassifies 15 countries as 'high risk' for Covid-19 - Times of India
    HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government has said it will upgrade 15 overseas destinations, including the United States, Spain and France, to “high risk” from “medium risk” by August 20, meaning that international arrivals from these countries countries will face prolonged quarantine due to the coronavirus resurgence.
    According to the government, arrivals from Bangladesh, Cambodia, France, Greece, Iran, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the United States The UAE and the United States will face the new restrictions. An announcement was made on Monday.
    Hong Kong has some of the strictest coronavir entry requirements in the world, with arrivals from countries considered “high risk” with a mandatory 21-day quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel, even for those who have been vaccinated.
    The government said there had been sharp increases in the number of confirmed cases in the short term in many countries.
    “Despite large-scale vaccination programs, many places are also experiencing a resurgence of the virus, which poses enormous challenges to our local anti-epidemic efforts,” the statement said.
    Australia will be reclassified as “medium risk” to “low risk” from 20 August, which means that even vaccinated arrivals will have to be quarantined for 14 nights unless they test positive for antibodies performed by a laboratory-recognized antibody. by the Hong Kong government, which then allows them to quarantine for seven days.
    Countries such as Brazil, India and the United Kingdom were already classified as “high risk”, but the government had largely eased measures for travelers from most other countries, raising hopes for increased international travel for residents and greater number of foreign visitors.
    Hong Kong has largely controlled the virus with almost no locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, but has seen a steady influx of imported coronavirus cases in the past two months. The city has recorded about 12,000 Covid-19 cases in total.

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