Rules for arrivals further tightened

The Centre for Health Protection announced today that starting November 28, Hong Kong residents arriving from eight places in southern Africa will be required to stay in the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre for seven days.   It explained that the new rule aims to enhance the surveillance on the Omicron variant of COVID-19.      In view of the World Health Organization’s latest announcement about the Omicron variant, the Government already tightened the boarding and quarantine requirements for people arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.   Along with South Africa which is already a specified high-risk place, non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed in these places within 21 days will not be allowed to enter Hong Kong from November 27.   Under the new quarantine rule, the relevant people have to undergo testing every day during the seven-day period at the quarantine centre, and their health conditions will be monitored by healthcare professionals.   Upon completion of the seven-day quarantine at the quarantine centre, they will be allowed to finish the rest of the compulsory quarantine requirement at the designated quarantine hotel which they have reserved.   They are also required to undergo testing on the 9th, 12th, 16th and 19th day and another compulsory testing in a community testing centre on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong.       The centre said currently there is no direct passenger flight arriving in Hong Kong from the eight places in southern Africa but the Omicron variant is present in a number of places globally. Hong Kong must stay vigilant and implement the most stringent anti-epidemic measures to prevent the mutant strain from entering the local community.
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