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Hong Kong cuts Covid hotel quarantine to 3 days on arrivals

southern Chinese city remains one of the few places in the world, together with mainland China, to require a quarantine to guard against travelers spreading COVID-19 to the local population. The policy taking effect Friday will be Hong Kong's shortest quarantine for arrivals since the pandemic began. Hong Kong leader John Lee said arriving travelers must quarantine three days in a designated hotel, then undergo four days of medical surveillance during which their movements will be restricted via the use of a health code system.

Lee said that the new policy of just three days in quarantine was made after scientific evidence and data had been analyzed to control the risk factors. “We also have to balance the risks against the economic activities and the social lives of (people in) Hong Kong," Lee said. “(The data) gives us the indication that the risk factor of people who have finished three days quarantine in a designated hotel … is no more than the risk level of transmission in society," he said.

The changes to COVID-19 policies come despite an increase in daily infections, which city health officials warn could double to 8,000 in the coming weeks. Hong Kong has imposed some of the world's strictest COVID-19 entry restrictions for most of the pandemic. At one point, Hong Kong required up to 21 days of compulsory hotel quarantine for travelers and a “circuit breaker" mechanism that would ban flights from certain airlines into the city if they import too many COVID-19 cases.

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