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Hong Kong suspends transit flights from most of the world due to COVID-19

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Hong Kong suspends transit flights from most of the world due to COVID-19
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Hong Kong authorities said on Friday the city's airport will suspend for a month transit flights from around 150 countries and territories considered high risk because of the coronavirus, deepening the global financial hub's isolation.
 
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Separately, the territory's leader Carrie Lam said restrictions on social life will be extended through the Lunar New Year holiday at the start of February, traditionally a time for shopping, feasting and family reunions.
 
"I know this will let a lot of people down," Lam told reporters. "Covid is not yet under control."
 
To help businesses survive the restrictions, Lam said the government would deliver economic relief measures worth HK$3.57 billion ($459 million), targetted at the establishments asked to close.
 
Fifteen types of venues, including bars and clubs, cinemas, gyms and beauty salons will remain closed for another two weeks after their current order to shutter expires next Thursday. Dining in restaurants will also remain banned after 6.00 pm.
 
Primary schools and kindergartens also remain shuttered.
 
Lam said if there were no further outbreaks, restrictions would be gradually lifted after the holidays.
 
The moves come as the city has seen dozens of cases of the fast-spreading Omicron variant since the end of last year.
 
Prior to the outbreak, which authorities said could be traced back to two aircrew of Cathay Pacific Airways, the city had had no local transmissions for over three months.
 
Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement on Friday that any persons who have stayed in places classified as high risk by health authorities in the 21 days before travelling cannot transit through the city from Jan. 16 until Feb. 15.
 
The measure was taken "in order to control the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant," it said.
 
 
REUTERS
 
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