Hong Kong suspends transit flights to most of world over Omicron | Business and Economy

Asia Global City continues to descend into one of the most isolated urban centers on Earth.

Hong Kong will suspend for a month transit flights from about 150 countries and regions considered high-risk due to the Corona virus, deepening the isolation of the global financial center.

The move comes as the city has seen about 50 cases of the fast-spreading variant Omicron since the end of last year.

Before the outbreak, which authorities said could be traced back to two Cathay Pacific crew members, the city had had no domestic dispatch for more than three months.

Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement on Friday that anyone who has stayed in places classified as high-risk by health authorities in the 21 days prior to travel cannot pass through the city from January 16 to February 15.

She added that this measure was taken “to control the spread of the highly contagious Omicron type.”

Hong Kong is currently classified as high risk by more than 150 countries and regions.


Last week, it banned flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Britain and the United States, including exchanges.

The Chinese-ruled city has followed mainland China’s policy of adopting a zero-tolerance stance towards local COVID-19 cases even as most of the world has shifted toward coexistence with the coronavirus.

In recent weeks, authorities have tightened quarantine restrictions on cabin crew and re-imposed restrictions on social life.

Fifteen types of venues have been ordered to close, including bars, clubs, cinemas, gyms and beauty salons, while dining in restaurants after 6pm is prohibited. Primary schools and kindergartens also closed.

The government is expected to announce later on Friday the extension of restrictions until the Lunar New Year holiday at the beginning of February.


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