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Hong Kong's new inbound arrival policy, starting from next Mon: -no hotel quarantine, 3-day medical surveillance - during Qt, can return to work place, but cannot visit restaurants -scrapping pre-boarding PCR test, only needs RAT 24-hour before, "test and go" at airport.
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Govt is also removing cap on returnees from mainland, as well as allowing non-vaccinated Hong Kong residents to return to Hong Kong.
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John Lee stressed his administration is only steering at single direction: is to maximum Hong Kong's connectivity, economic momentum, and inconvenience for arrivals.
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PCR tests at airport, and days 2, 4 and 6 at community centres, plus daily RAT.
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NEW: CE John Lee will meet press at 3.30pm and is expected to announce scrapping hotel quarantine arrangements.
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Staffers fixing CM Lo’s presentation slides ahead of presser. Seems also need a “Hong Kong is (kind of) reopening” banner.
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Alvin Lum retweeted
Why the pandemic isn't over yet and how we can get there faster latimes.com/opinion/story/20… my @latimes oped
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HKMAO deputy Huang Liuquan said it's "nothing wrong" for HK to adjust its Covid policy based on int'l & local situation, but cautioned against "over-interpreting" the moves. He was asked if HK may risk affecting its international connectivity in order to open up with mainland.
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Huang's answer of "nothing wrong" (無可厚非) was curious- is this only a partial endorsement? Is there a sense of "reluctance" behind, and if so, was it due to the local economy? Would Beijing have preferred HK Govt handled the situation differently?
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Alvin Lum retweeted
LIHKG has this meme poking fun at how Singapore is winning over Hong Kong on every front because of covid measures (the best bit: even LKY is laughing from his urn 😂)
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