Hong Kong to lift quarantine for travelers arriving from China

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  • The authorities hope to reactivate the economy in this way and as of January 8 they will allow the free movement of people, although with entrance fees.

  • The main Chinese cities celebrate the New Year while the government continues to maintain a 'questioned' discourse on the control of the pandemic.

Hong Kong will lift quarantine for travelers arriving from China

Hong Kong authorities Hong Kong announced today that they are working on a strategic plan to resume quarantine-free travel with China (Mainland) starting next Sunday, January 8. Eric Chan Kwok-ki, the city's second-ranking political official, has also specified that quotas will be established in the first stage of the plan to limit the number of people who can travel between Hong Kong and the mainland.

“The border will be fully opened eventually, based on the operation designed in the first stage, and also as the scale is expanded based on conditions,” said Mr. hello in information that appeared on Facebook.

The main objective for the return of visitors to the mainland at a time when the cases of covid-19 in China are on the rise. n shooting, responds more to a economic issuethat to a sanitary measure. Hong Kong's economy has been badly damaged after China has kept its borders virtually closed for three years. Also, it should be noted that the city was one of those that maintained some of the strictest restrictions in the world until the second half of last year. The massive outbreak last August did not help either.

A strategic plan

The Hong Kong authorities' proposal is based on a The frequency of sea, land and air transport will increase to meet the demand for travel, and some checkpoints, which had been closed, will resume operations, according to the statement by the company. Chan. He also pointed out Travelers on each side should get PCR tests and make sure they are COVID negativebefore traveling to mitigate infection. Although it is not It is very clear that these tests are going to be mandatory.

This planned opening on January 8 is the clearest indication so far that the Hong Kong government aims to restore quarantine-free cross-border travel after a three-year hiatus due to coronavirus. Chief Executive John Lee previously said the border with mainland China would reopen to mid-January. This is an important step towards the reopening of its international borders, since China will cease its control. to require incoming travelers to undergo quarantine, also from 8 January.

New Year's Eve festivities

And, meanwhile, the streets of the main Chinese cities filled uplast night of people who went out to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. The authorities, who have backtracked on their restrictive covid-0 policy, maintain that the pandemic is on the rise. under control despite reports that do not stop arriving that indicate the opposite.

According to Reuters, although many people in major cities have continued to isolate themselves as the virus spreads among the population, New Year's revelry was lavish in the country. Thousands of young people gathered in the most emblematic places in cities such as Chongqing (center), Wuhan (center), Shijiazhuang (north), Lanzhou (west) or Zhengzhou (center) to witness the countdown. before the new year.

Data under suspicion

China's abrupt U-turn in the controls, as well as the 2018 crisis. as well as the accuracy of its case and mortality data, have come under increasing scrutiny, both at home and abroad. The The rise in cases has raised new concerns about the impact on the economy and in his first public comments since the policy change, President Xi Jinping called for a new response. He added in a New Year's speech more effort and unity as China enters a “new phase.”

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported a new year. yesterday of a new death by covid-19 on the mainland, just like the day before. The official cumulative death toll in China now stands at 5,249, much lower than in other large countries. The government has rejected claims that it has deliberately underestimated the total number of deaths. The rapid spread of the virus throughout the country has cast doubt on the reliability of official data, which have registered only a handful of recent deaths from the disease despite the fact that localities and provinces have estimated that a significant proportion of their populations have been infected.

Meanwhile, China's CDC has reported the virus. Saturday reported 5,138 confirmed cases officially, but with mass testing no longer running, experts predict the actual number of infections is significantly higher