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Hong Kong to ban all British travellers after adding UK to 'extremely high-risk' list
Published on: 2021-06-29
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Hong Kong says it will ban all passenger flights from the U.K. starting Thursday as it seeks to curb the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.
 

It said in a statement Monday that the U.K. has been classified as “extremely high risk“ because of the “recent rebound of the epidemic situation in the U.K. and the widespread delta variant virus strain there.”
 

More than 95% of COVID-19 cases in the U.K. are of the delta variant, which was first identified in India. Cases have spiked in recent weeks as British authorities have relaxed coronavirus restrictions, allowing indoor gatherings and businesses including restaurants, cinemas and gyms to reopen. Scientists say the delta variant is much more transmissible than previous versions of the coronavirus, although it is uncertain if it is more deadly.
 

Under the classification, people who have stayed in the U.K. for more than two hours will be restricted from boarding passenger flights to Hong Kong.
 

It is the second time that the Hong Kong government has banned flights from the U.K., following a restriction imposed last December.
 

Although flights from the U.K. are banned from July 1, passengers can still book one-way flights from Hong Kong to London on airlines such as Cathay Pacific and British Airways.
 

香港就英国实施地区性航班“熔断机制” 7月1日起禁止当地客机来港

香港特区政府6月28日宣布将就英国实施地区性航班“熔断机制”,由7月1日凌晨0时0分(香港时间)起禁止所有从当地来港的民航客机着陆香港。政府并同时将英国列为极高风险指明地区,限制曾逗留于该地区超过两小时的人士登上任何来港的民航客机,以阻止相关地区人士经转机到港。
 

在地区性航班“熔断机制”下,从同一地区抵港的所有民航客机,不论任何航空公司,如在7天内共有5名或以上乘客经抵港时的检测确诊并带有N501Y变异病毒株或相关病毒变种,或在7天内共有10名或以上乘客经任何检测(包括检疫期间的检测)而确诊并带有N501Y变异病毒株或相关病毒变种,政府会引用《预防及控制疾病(规管跨境交通工具及到港者)规例》(第599H章)禁止所有从该地区来港的民航客机着陆香港,并将相关地区列为极高风险指明地区,限制曾逗留于该地区超过两小时的人士登上任何来港的民航客机,以阻止相关地区人士经转机到港。

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