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Hong Kong, Macau tightens flight ban, quarantine rule to fight mutant strain

04/19/2021| 10:08:17 PM|

Hong Kong announced a two-week ban on flights from three countries after identifying two community cases in the city of a highly infectious mutant strain of Covid-19.

A specialist in respiratory medicine said on Monday that people who have spent time in India, Pakistan and the Philippines should be banned from coming to Hong Kong for as long as it takes for the coronavirus situation in those places to improve.

The government has announced a two-week ban on flights from the three countries after identifying two community cases in the SAR of a highly infectious mutant strain of Covid-19. It says multiple people arriving from India, Pakistan and the Philippines have also been found to have the strain.

Macau said earlier that it was lengthening the quarantine period for people who've been to India, Pakistan and the Philippines from midnight on Sunday. Arrivals will now be quarantined for 28 days. 

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