Hong Kong ends mandatory quarantine for people infected with COVID-19 from January 30

Hong Kong mentioned individuals contaminated with COVID-19 will now not must quarantine from January 30, lifting one of many final main coronavirus restrictions Asian monetary heart.

The scrapping of isolation necessities is a part of a call to downgrade the standing of COVID-19 from a extreme respiratory illness to an endemic illness, and follows the same transfer by China on Jan. 8.

“I’ve determined to carry the quarantine order for COVID contaminated sufferers. This is without doubt one of the essential steps towards normality,” Metropolis Chairman John Lee mentioned at a legislative session on Thursday.

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People wearing face masks on the streets of Hong Kong, China, on December 28, 2022.

Individuals sporting face masks on the streets of Hong Kong, China, on December 28, 2022.
(REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)

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Nevertheless, individuals in Hong Kong are nonetheless required to put on masks until exercising.

Final week bullet trains between Hong Kong and mainland China resumed for the primary time because the pandemic started.

The reopening comes amid a large wave of infections on the mainland following China’s abrupt about-face on its “zero-COVID” coverage.