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Hong Kong to add UK to high risk coronavirus list

Christian Fernsby |
Hong Kong is adding Britain to its list of high-risk countries for coronavirus, a move requiring travellers from the nation to test negative for the coronavirus before departure, and to quarantine in a hotel on arrival.

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Topics: HONG KONG   

The measure takes effect from October 1, with the news coming as Hong Kong recorded seven new coronavirus cases on Thursday. The government said the decision was made after taking into consideration the latest public health risk assessments and developments in Britain’s epidemic situation.

Travellers arriving from Britain will now have to submit a negative coronavirus test result before boarding a plane to the city, and will then have to be quarantined for 14 days in a hotel, instead of at home. Before boarding, they will also need to submit confirmation of their hotel reservation for the duration of the quarantine.

There are already 10 countries on the list: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, and the United States.

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