Covid outbreak: Hong Kong bans flights from Australia

Hong Kong has imposed a two-week embargo on flights from eight countries, including Australia, and has tightened local Covid-19 restrictions, fearing a new wave of coronavirus infections.

The new limitations were announced as health officials scoured the city for connections of a Covid-19 patient, some of whom had been aboard a Royal Caribbean ship that had been ordered to return to port after being ordered to cut short its “cruise to nowhere.”

Incoming aircraft, including transiting passengers, from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States would be barred from January 8 to January 21, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told reporters.

Ms Lam stated that from Friday, the government will prohibit indoor dining after 6:00 p.m., and that swimming pools, sports centres, bars and clubs, museums, and other places will be closed for at least two weeks.

Cruises are being cancelled in the future.

“We haven’t seen a fifth wave yet, but it’s coming,” Ms Lam said.

By largely isolating itself from the rest of the world and imposing a strict and costly quarantine rule, the global finance hub has maintained a zero-Covid approach.

With the initial local transmission of the novel Omicron form on December 31, a three-month period without community cases came to an end.

Authorities have been scrambling to find and test hundreds of persons who have come into contact with a few of Omicron cases since then.

However, one case had no known connections, raising concerns about a widespread breakout.

Latest articles

Crown prince’s wedding: Festivities sweeps Jordan

Jordan is getting ready for Crown Prince Hussein's wedding on Thursday. The normally peaceful desert nation has already prepared with fireworks, concerts, and a...

Climate change: Wildfire worsens in Canada’s Nova Scotia

Officials in the province of Nova Scotia claim that despite the use of "water, raw muscle power, and air power" by fire workers, catastrophic...

Danny Masterson: US actor found ‘guilty’ in two rape cases

US actor Danny Masterson was found guilty of two out of three charges of rape by a jury in Los Angeles. The TV series That...

Floods displaced over 400,000 people in Somalia: UNICEF

"I came here in September of last year to inform you of the terrible effects of Somalia's drought on children and families. Somalia was...

Related articles