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HKSAR govt considers to implement "0+7" mode for arrivals
Published on: 2022-09-21
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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government is actively considering implementing more relaxed anti-epidemic policies to ensure the maximum connection with the international world, with the designated hotel quarantine measure being expected to be removed for arrivals to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said at a press conference on Tuesday that while the HKSAR government is doing its best to control the spread of COVID-19, he is also aware of the need to ensure that there will be, to a maximum extent, normal activities for Hong Kong society to carry on.

"We aim to have the maximum connection with the international world and also to reduce the inconvenience to people who arrive at Hong Kong," said Lee, when asked if the HKSAR government will cancel the compulsory quarantine at designated hotels for arrivals.

He said that the relevant measures will be announced when they will have made decisions about any adjustment to the current quarantine measures in Hong Kong.

At a separate conference on Tuesday, Huang Liuquan, deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, said that it is reasonable for the SAR government to optimize the anti-epidemic measures based on analysis of the epidemic situation in Hong Kong and the world, and that there is no need to read too much into any changes.

The current epidemic prevention policies in Hong Kong regulate that inbound people from outside shall go through a "3+4" quarantine procedure, under which they will be subject to compulsory quarantine in designated hotels for three days, followed by medical surveillance at home for four days, with multiple tests during medical surveillance and the monitoring period thereafter.

As Hong Kong sees a decline in daily COVID-19 cases in its sixth wave of epidemic, some Hong Kong experts have suggested the quarantine polices be changed into a "0+7" mode with no hotel quarantine for arrivals, but only seven-day home quarantine.

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