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Carrie Lam says any Hong Kong Covid death would be concern

10/11/2021| 12:00:05 PM|

There is growing frustration about the city’s refusal to relax border curbs.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam acknowledged travel restrictions could harm the city’s reputation as a global financial hub, but stressed that even a single fatality from Covid-19 would be a major cause for concern, underscoring the ultra-strict “Covid Zero” approach that has frustrated global businesses.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday, Lam said she was “duty bound to protect my people” with travel restrictions even as other finance centers such as Singapore open up and shift to a strategy of living with the virus.

While Hong Kong has barely had any local coronavirus cases in recent months, there is growing frustration among foreign business chambers and residents about the city’s refusal to relax border curbs that require returning travelers to spend as long as 21 days in a mandatory hotel quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated. 

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