Hong Kong bans transit flights from over 150 countries

Hong Kong International Airport says it should ban passengers from over 150 countries and territories from transiting within the metropolis for a month, because it seeks to stem the transmission of the extremely contagious omicron variant

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

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The ban comes as 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 optimistic.

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 comparable to 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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