Hong Kong extended its quarantine period for all vacationers arriving from outdoors of China by a 7 days to 21 times, Reuters noted on Thursday.
The ramped up initiatives arrive as officers look for to mitigate the unfold of a new variant of the coronavirus detected in the United Kingdom that may possibly be extra transmissible than the preliminary strain.
“Noting the drastic change of the world pandemic problem with the new virus variant discovered in a lot more international locations, there is a need for the federal government to introduce resolute measures quickly… to make sure that no situation would slip through the web even beneath very exceptional circumstances where the incubation time period of the virus is for a longer period than 14 times,” a Hong Kong governing administration spokesman stated in a statement, according to Reuters.
Alongside with the extended quarantine time period, set to go into influence Friday, Hong Kong is also banning all persons who have stayed in South Africa in the past 21 times from boarding for Hong Kong, according to Reuters.
Hong Kong experienced now banned all flights arriving from the United Kingdom.
The U.S. is also taking increased motion to mitigate the unfold of the new variant of the coronavirus. The Facilities for Illness Control and Prevention claimed late Thursday the U.S. will demand all airline passengers arriving from the U.K. to supply a destructive coronavirus test just before boarding their flights.