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Hong Kong bans transit flights from over 150 countries

HONG KONG — Hong Kong International Airport mentioned Friday that it will ban passengers from over 150 countries and territories from transiting within the metropolis for a month, because it sought to stem the transmission of the extremely contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Passengers who’ve stayed in over 150 locations deemed “high risk” within the final 21 days, together with the United States and Britain, might be banned from transiting in Hong Kong from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, based on a discover posted by the airport.

The ban comes as the town grapples with an omicron outbreak, with a lot of the instances traced to 2 crew members of Cathay Pacific who had damaged isolation guidelines and dined at eating places and bars within the metropolis earlier than testing constructive.

Over 50 native infections have been reported locally for the reason that finish of 2021. Prior to that, Hong Kong went three months with no neighborhood transmissions and had been in talks with the mainland to renew quarantine-exempted journey with the remainder of China.

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

The metropolis has additionally banned eating in after 6 p.m. and ordered venues reminiscent of museums, cinemas, gyms and libraries to shut.

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

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