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“I am so disappointed. I thought I would be reunited with my

“I am so disappointed. I thought I would be reunited with my family.”⁠ ⁠ The tightening of Hong Kong’s entry and quarantine rules amid the global threat of the Omicron coronavirus variant has led to a frenzy among travellers scrambling for hotel rooms to salvage their Christmas holiday plans.⁠ ⁠…...

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Hong Kong’s health minister has said new border control meas

Hong Kong’s health minister has said new border control measures designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus’ Omicron variant are stringent enough, brushing aside the idea the city’s border should be closed even to returning residents.⁠ ⁠ Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal are among the countries that have detected…...

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Hong Kong has confirmed its third Omicron coronavirus varian

Hong Kong has confirmed its third Omicron coronavirus variant case, though officials stress that all three infections have been successfully contained.⁠ ⁠ City health officials said all countries with reported Omicron infections would be moved to the highest-risk tier for entry and quarantine requirements. Virus testing regimes and genome sequencing…...

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Hong Kong has joined a growing list of jurisdictions imposin

Hong Kong has joined a growing list of jurisdictions imposing tough travel and border controls on southern African countries, amid global concern over the “Omicron” variant.⁠ ⁠ The new coronavirus strain has so far mostly been detected in South Africa but has already been found in the city.⁠ ⁠ Non-Hong…...

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Weeks of careful planning – acquiring visas, booking flights

Weeks of careful planning – acquiring visas, booking flights and quarantine hotels – were upended as Hong Kong added dozens of countries to its high-risk Group A list.⁠ ⁠ “I am coming back on the last day of the Chinese New Year so that I can go to school the…...

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Two-thirds of diners in a restaurant will be required to be

Two-thirds of diners in a restaurant will be required to be inoculated against Covid-19 from January at the earliest as the government seeks to boost Hong Kong’s vaccination rate amid growing concerns over the Omicron coronavirus variant. ⁠ ⁠ A source familiar with the arrangement on Monday said the government…...

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Different rules for different people.⁠ ⁠ That appeared to be

Different rules for different people.⁠ ⁠ That appeared to be the conclusion some Hongkongers reached in the wake of the discovery of two Omicron cases in China, as they noted how the city’s authorities were in no rush to impose their famously tough quarantine policies on mainland arrivals.⁠ ⁠ But…...

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The Omicron variant of the coronavirus evades immunity offer

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus evades immunity offered by an inactivated Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinopharm, a lab study has found.⁠ ⁠ Results showed the antibody levels of people vaccinated with Sinopharm’s vaccine dropped significantly against Omicron compared with the ancestral, or older, strain and, of the total 13…...

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Hong Kong’s tough new rule requiring arrivals from Omicron-h

Hong Kong’s tough new rule requiring arrivals from Omicron-hit countries to spend their first week of quarantine in a government camp will not be sustainable for much longer, health experts have warned, as the heavily mutated coronavirus variant continues to spread across the globe at an unprecedented rate.⁠ ⁠ Dr…...

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Hong Kong on Thursday recorded two preliminary-positive Covi

Hong Kong on Thursday recorded two preliminary-positive Covid-19 infections suspected to involve transmission of the Omicron variant within the community for the first time and both were linked to Cathay Pacific cabin crew who flouted quarantine rules.⁠ ⁠ The two cases were connected to one of the Cathay crew who…...

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