HK adds UK among high-risk COVID-19 countries

Visitors take photos of Hong Kong Island in south China's Hong Kong, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Thursday (September 24) announced it will add the UK to a list of high-risk COVID-19 countries, according to an official statement.

Relevant anti-epidemic measures will take effect from October 1 and remain effective until further notice, depending on the latest public health risk assessment and the changes and developments of the epidemic situation, the statement said.

Under the latest rule, arrivals from the UK will be mandated to present a negative nucleic acid test (NAT) certificate within 72 hours prior to the flight departure.

So far, Hong Kong has listed a handful of countries as high-risk of COVID-19 transmission, including Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, the U.S. and the UK.

International arrivals from high-risk countries and regions must hold a negative NAT certificate within 72 hours and a confirmation letter indicating that the holder has booked a hotel room in Hong Kong for no less than 14 days. Those failing to present such documents will be denied boarding, the government said.



Photo taken on June 17, 2020 shows a view of Hong Kong Disneyland in south China's Hong Kong. [Photo/Xinhua]

Hong Kong reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Thursday (September 24) — four from outside Hong Kong and three locally transmitted. The city has so far reported 5,056 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 104 deaths.

Hong Kong's Disneyland reopens today (September 25) to a reduced number of visitors after being forced by novel coronavirus to close again in mid-July, with the park closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays and indoor live performances temporarily halted. Previously on Wednesday (September 23), schools in Hong Kong resumed in-person learning after months of suspension.

Editor: Becky

Sources: Xinhua; CGTN