The African variant virus B.1.1.529 entered Hong Kong, and the government emergency shut down tonight (26th). It announced that entry restrictions will be tightened from midnight tomorrow (27th, Saturday), and it is forbidden to stay in southern Africa within 21 days Non-Hong Kong residents from eight countries boarded the plane and came to Hong Kong, including Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, as well as South Africa, which has long been listed as high-risk (specified areas in Group A).
Hong Kong residents must have completed the vaccination and hold an approved vaccination record before boarding and coming to Hong Kong, and undergo a 21-day compulsory quarantine at the designated quarantine hotel upon arrival in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Government: more rigorous than Britain, Singapore, and Israel
A spokesperson for the Food and Health Bureau said that the B.1.1.529 mutant virus strain was found in southern Africa, including South Africa and Botswana, although scientists are not fully aware of the possible impact of the mutant virus on the epidemic, or whether the related mutations will affect the effectiveness of the vaccine. Sexuality, but in order to prevent problems, we must be prepared.
Therefore, in addition to South Africa, which is currently a designated area in Group A, the government has also designated Botswana (Botswana), as well as the neighboring Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe (Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe) are designated areas for group A.
After a total of eight areas in southern Africa are included in the designated areas in Group A, non-Hong Kong residents (including tourists) who have stayed there within 21 days will not be allowed to enter the country. Hong Kong residents must have completed the vaccination and have an approved vaccination record. You can board the plane to come to Hong Kong and undergo a 21-day compulsory quarantine at the designated quarantine hotel upon arrival.
The spokesman said that Hong Kong is more stringent than the measures just announced by the United Kingdom, Singapore, Israel and other places.
The government will gazette update the relevant specifications under the Prevention and Control of Diseases (Regulation of Cross-Border Transport and Arrivals) Regulations (Chapter 599H) to implement the above measures.
In order to achieve the goal of "dynamic zero", the government implements the epidemic prevention and control strategy of "external defense import, internal prevention rebound". The government will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation in different regions, taking the risk-based principle as the principle and considering a basket of factors , Including public health factors (local epidemic situation, detection rate, vaccination rate, passenger flow and actual imported cases, etc.), as well as factors related to Hong Kong’s socio-economic situation. The registration of people arriving in Hong Kong from relevant areas should be adjusted according to the degree of risk and depending on the situation. Machinery, quarantine and testing requirements.
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