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Hong Kong to remove mandatory quarantine for Covid infections

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Jan 19, 2023 09:53 AM IST

Covid In Hong Kong: The isolation order will be lifted from Jan. 30, the city’s leader John Lee said in an address to lawmakers on Thursday.

Hong Kong will stop requiring people infected with Covid to isolate as the government seeks to revive the economy.

Covid In Hong Kong: A woman uses an umbrella to shield herself from the sun in Hong Kong.(AFP)
Covid In Hong Kong: A woman uses an umbrella to shield herself from the sun in Hong Kong.(AFP)

The isolation order will be lifted from Jan. 30, the city’s leader John Lee said in an address to lawmakers on Thursday.

That leaves just the mask mandate as the only major curb left from the city’s Covid Zero days. Hong Kong gave up other restrictions in December after China abandoned its strict approach to controlling the virus. The city’s government is planning to end mandatory mask wearing in March or April, Ming Pao reported, citing unidentified people.

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Lee said the city has a “very sound barrier of immunity” and Covid will be managed like any other upper respiratory disease.

“Our understanding of COVID-19 and how to deal with it has been greatly enhanced,” Lee said. “As a result, the government’s management approach will have to change.”

The health bureau will hold a briefing later Thursday to give further details, he said.

Hong Kong is planning an aggressive publicity campaign to showcase its strengths to the world as well as hold a series of events, Lee said.

Natixis SA estimates Hong Kong’s economy lost $27 billion in potential growth due to the effects of the pandemic and the city’s strict Covid curbs.

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