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5 days’ hotel quarantine for inbound travelers likely, say reports

28 June 2022

By The SUN


A 5+2 hotel and home quarantine scheme for new arrivals is being planned, reports say (FILE)

Various reports say the seven-day hotel quarantine required of all travelers arriving in Hong Kong from abroad will be eased, by cutting the hotel stay to five days, with the remaining two days being spent at home.

No names were mentioned in the reports, which did not mention a specific date when the new scheme will be implemented. They just said the government is in the process of doing preparatory works, including improving the speed and accuracy of PCR tests.


The reports are a bit of a step-back from statements made in a radio interview earlier by the incoming health secretary, Lo Chung-mau, who had indicated that the new government was considering cutting the hotel quarantine period to five days or less, but supplemented with home quarantine.

Lo also said in the interview that arriving passengers will be asked to specify their itinerary before boarding their flight to Hong Kong.


The Chief Executive-elect, John Lee, has also said he is keen to reopen borders to international travel and minimize the impact on inbound travelers by local anti-pandemic restrictions.

Meanwhile, health officials say a Covid outbreak at a restaurant in Mong Kok could be linked to a cluster of cases in Victoria Harbour Restaurant in Tuen Mun.


Two of those who dined at Jade Garden Restaurant in MOKO, Mong Kok on Jun 19 had also eaten at Victoria Harbour on Jun 16, when 41 other diners and four close contacts subsequently came down with the virus.

Two other patrons of Jade Garden also tested caught the virus, making a total of four infections from that cluster.


One more infection was linked to the Victoria Harbour restaurant today, taking the total tally there to 46.

Following the outbreak, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced that it had prosecuted the restaurant for failing to comply with the requirements of the  vaccine pass scheme and violating government regulations on ventilation and air flow.

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Starting last Friday, the restaurant was also stopped from providing dine-in services after 6pm and to sit only a maximum of two people per table for 14 days.

Dr Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection said that apart from the Jade Garden cluster, an outbreak at Fu Tai elderly home could also be linked to Victoria Harbour.


He said two staff of the care home had also dined at the Tuen Mun restaurant on Jun 16, inadvertently bringing the virus to their workplace.

“Initial investigations showed the three clusters are related,” he said.

In total, Au reported 1,533 new local and 152 imported Covid-19 infections, with one related death.

An 88-year-old woman who received two vaccine jabs and had tested positive at the AsiaWorld Expo isolation facility where she was transferred from an elderly care home passed away yesterday.

She became the 9,186th patient to die in the fifth wave of the pandemic.

Asked about an expert’s comment that residents in care homes who are identified as close contacts should not be sent to AWE, Dr Lau Ka-hin of the Hospital Authority said this arrangement remains necessary.

“There’s a medical post there. We can provide medical services, including the prescription of oral antivirals to the patients as soon as possible order to prevent the further deterioration, as well as the death of the patients," Lau said.


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