(*7*)HONG KONG — Hong Kong stated on Sunday it’s shortening the ban on airways which are discovered to have carried three or extra passengers who check constructive for coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) upon arrival, because the variety of native circumstances continues to ease from its peak.
(*7*)Beginning on Friday, the ban on particular person airline routes will likely be halved to seven days as a part of an ongoing “flight suspension mechanism,” the federal government stated in a press release.
(*7*)The change comes after the federal government stated final week a ban on flights from 9 nations — Canada, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Britain, america, France, Australia, and the Philippines — can be lifted on April 1.
(*7*)If there may be not less than one constructive check and not less than one case of non-compliance with pre-departure testing on any single flight, the airline may even be suspended from flying the route for seven days.
(*7*)Hong Kong reported 8,037 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday and 151 deaths, the second day in a row under 10,000 circumstances, as its newest wave of infections continues to ease.
(*7*)The monetary hub will loosen up the social distancing measures in phases beginning April 21, permitting restaurant eating after 6 p.m. with tables of 4 individuals, up from two at present.
(*7*)Hong Kong’s economic system is about to contract within the first quarter, breaking 4 quarters of restoration streak, as retail gross sales fell for the primary time in 12 months in February and export progress slowed, Monetary Secretary Paul Chan stated on his weblog.
(*7*)Companies and the town’s economic system are reeling from widespread closures, as the federal government has imposed stringent social distancing guidelines since January amid a dramatic spike within the Omicron variant.
(*7*)Whereas the previous British colony has formally caught to a “dynamic zero” coronavirus coverage related to that of mainland China, which seeks to curb all outbreaks, it has been shifting to mitigation methods as deaths skyrocketed. — Reuters