Hong Kong’s leader has announced the postponement of a scheme that would have allowed for quarantine-free entry for arrivals from mainland China, as officials across the border battle a fresh outbreak of coronavirus cases in neighbouring Guangdong.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor also called on residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as possible, calling the inoculations a prerequisite for cross-border and overseas travel.
In May, Lam revealed a scheme, dubbed “Come2HK”, would be launched later in the month to enable non-Hong Kong residents – including mainlanders and expatriates living across the border – to come to the city without undergoing compulsory quarantine.
On Wednesday, however, she acknowledged that the plan would have to be postponed, telling lawmakers that while the central government understood that resuming cross-border travel was vital for Hong Kong’s economy, it preferred to play it safe.
Meanwhile, the government announced late on Wednesday that visitors and returnees arriving from the mainland and Macau would be subject to stricter compulsory testing requirements starting Thursday.
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