Hong Kong bans transit flights from over 150 countries

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Hong Kong International Airport says it will ban travelers from more than 150 countries and territories from transit in the city for a month, as it seeks to prevent transmission of the highly infectious Omron variant.

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Travelers who have been to more than 150 places considered “high risk” in the past 21 days, including the United States and the UK, will be banned from transferring to Hong Kong from January 16 to February 15, according to a notice posted by has been done. air port.

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The restrictions come as the city grapples with an Omicron outbreak, most cases traced to two Cathay Pacific crew members who broke isolation rules and dined at restaurants and bars in the city before testing positive.

Last week, Hong Kong imposed a two-week ban on incoming flights from the US, Canada, Australia, France, the UK, India, Pakistan and the Philippines.

The city has also banned eating after 6 pm and ordered the closure of places such as museums, cinemas, gyms and libraries.

Hong Kong has aligned itself with China’s “zero-tolerance” COVID-19 policy, with authorities intent on stamping out all outbreaks with sometimes drastic measures.

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