Hong Kong is to ban all British travellers after placing the UK again on its “extraordinarily high-risk’ coronavirus record.
The transfer – which the federal government stated might be come into impact from this Thursday (1 July) – goals to curb the unfold of the Delta COVID variant, first recognized in India.
It stated in an announcement the ban is because of “the current rebound of the epidemic scenario within the UK and the widespread Delta variant virus pressure there, coupled with a variety of circumstances with L452R mutant virus strains detected by checks from folks arriving from the UK”.
It means anybody who has been in Britain for greater than two hours might be restricted from getting into Hong Kong.
Dad and mom in Hong Kong with kids in Britain reacted with shock and stated they’d paid giant sums to adjust to COVID testing guidelines, however their kids would now be stranded.
Thus far there have been 111,157 confirmed circumstances of the Delta variant within the UK – 95% of all new COVID circumstances, in response to the most recent Public Well being England figures.
A brand new pressure, Lambda, has been designated as a variant underneath investigation with six circumstances detected between 23 February and seven June – of which 5 had been linked to abroad journey, PHE stated.
Native well being authorities in Hong Lengthy had already moved Britain from the “high-risk” to “very high-risk” record.
It’s the second time the area has barred arrivals from Britain after a ban that was in power from December 2020 till Might.
The most recent motion is anticipated to have a huge impact on enterprise travellers to Hong Kong – thought-about a key Asian monetary hub, and comes days after quarantine guidelines for guests had been beefed up.
Hong Kong has already banned arrivals from India, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.
Final week it banned passenger flights from Indonesia after imported COVID-19 circumstances from there crossed thresholds set by the worldwide monetary hub.
Hong Kong’s flight suspension rule is triggered if 5 or extra passengers take a look at constructive on arrival, or 10 or extra passengers are discovered to have any pressure of the coronavirus whereas in quarantine.
The area has recorded greater than 11,800 circumstances and 210 deaths because the begin of the pandemic.