Hong Kong sees no change in travel curbs, before July 1, depite Covid-19 spike


Hong Kong gained’t tighten virus curbs before July 1 regardless of rising Covid circumstances as a result of hospitals aren’t overwhelmed, town’s outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam mentioned.

“The enhance in variety of constructive circumstances has not introduced insufferable stress on the well being care system and that’s attributable to the character of omicron,” Lam mentioned Tuesday on the remaining weekly press convention of her time period that ends June 30. 

Hong Kong reported 737 new infections Monday, down from greater than 800 on Saturday and Sunday, however greater than double the figures from May. Of the 371 folks hospitalized with Covid, solely three have been in intensive care, with most different sufferers both asymptomatic or reporting delicate infections, Lam mentioned. 

Based on that scenario, “till the tip of June, we is not going to make any important changes or relaxations” to virus curbs, she mentioned, including that town nonetheless wanted to be “cautious” about imported circumstances and keep measures reminiscent of masks carrying and limitations on giant gatherings.

Finding Balance

Lam additionally mentioned Hong Kong must discover a steadiness between the “twin targets” of enjoyable the worldwide border controls which can be key to its status as a monetary hub and creating the correct circumstances to renew quarantine-free travel with the mainland. China remains to be pursuing a strict Covid Zero coverage of making an attempt to eradicate all circumstances, sending communities into lockdown over small numbers of delicate infections.

While Lam acknowledged enterprise chambers had pushed for Hong Kong to scrap the obligatory seven-day lodge quarantine for incoming travellers, she mentioned she couldn’t ease measures with out figuring out the plans of her successor John Lee. 

If we have been to chill out quarantine guidelines tomorrow, “however then in two weeks’ time the brand new authorities determined that maybe this wanted to be reverted to a extra tightened strategy, that might create a whole lot of confusion,” Lam mentioned.

Lee’s time period will start on July 1, the twenty fifth anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule — a serious occasion that President Xi Jinping is believed to be making ready to travel to town to mark, if favorable circumstances are met. 

Lam didn’t verify whether or not town’s rising case numbers would forestall the Chinese chief from visiting Hong Kong, a visit that might mark his first exterior mainland China since January 2020.

“We, after all, want to have a cheerful environment to have a good time the reunification,” she mentioned.

 

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.

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