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Hong Kong says home quarantine can be expanded with health codes

07/12/2022| 11:48:23 AM|

The local system would not track people’s movements.

Hong Kong’s new health chief said travelers can be allowed to conduct some of their quarantine at home, as long as a health code system is in place to manage their movement. 

The city is also planning to introduce tracking bracelets for Covid patients isolated at home, to ensure they don’t leave their premises. A traffic light health code system like in China’s mainland will better manage social distancing for the local population, said Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau in a Monday press briefing. 

Hong Kong’s new administration is swiftly implementing new Covid strategies as the Asian financial hub faces a resurgence in Covid hospitalizations and severe cases. Such a health code system would bring the city more in line with the Covid Zero strategies used in China’s mainland, which prioritizes stamping out infection at great social and economic costs. 

But Lo said the local system would not track people’s movements, unlike in China’s mainland, and that no one would find their code suddenly turning red, preventing them from entry to places. He also reiterated that Hong Kong had no plans to lock down the city to fight infection. 

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