Briefly: HK may cut hotel quarantine days in new announcement

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Hong Kong is likely to cut the number of days international travellers need to spend in mandatory hotel quarantine when officials make announcements as soon as August 8, according to a Bloomberg report.

Discussions, however, are still ongoing and no definite decision has been made yet regarding the hotel quarantine days, the report added.

Hong Kong currently requires international travellers to spend a week isolated in a hotel after testing negative for Covid within 48 hours of departure and on arrival.

The report said more people are being diagnosed with the disease on the third day in hotel quarantine than on the fifth day.

The Hong Kong Standard reported on Saturday that Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu met with health authorities yesterday for final discussions on shortening the hotel quarantine for inbound travelers, with the decision expected to be announced together with the implementation of the red-yellow vaccine pass system.

They discussed shortening quarantine for overseas arrivals to four or five days, followed by two or three days of home isolation, as well as a time frame for the relaxation of border measures with the mainland.