On January 7th, Hong Kong’s government decided to extend its ban on flights from the UK and South Africa for at least another two weeks. The rule specifically prohibits any person having spent more than two hours in either country during the three weeks prior from boarding any plane for Hong Kong. The government said an extension was necessary as several imported cases of the new strains have already been detected.
Flights to Hong Kong from the UK were initially halted on December 22nd, with the aim of keeping the more infectious strain of the virus out. Flights from South Africa were also banned on December 25th.
Meanwhile, it is not only direct flights that are banned. Any person having spent more than two hours in either the UK or South Africa over the past 21 days is prohibited from boarding any flight to Hong Kong. On Thursday, the government decided to extend the measures and said it would review the situation every two weeks.
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Responsibility to protect residents
Thus far, officials say, there have been 15 imported cases of the new highly transmittable variant of the virus from the UK and two of the strain from South Africa. This, they state, is the reason behind the extension of the ban. A spokesperson for the government said in a statement seen by Simple Flying,
“The Government recognizes that