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Hong Kong to scrap isolation requirement for people with Covid

The scrapping of the isolation requirements is part of a decision to downgrade Covid-19's status to an endemic disease from a severe respiratory disease and follows a similar move by China on Jan 8.

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Travellers take the first train to Hong Kong's Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint on the first day China reopens the border amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, China, Jan 8. Photo: Reuters
Travellers take the first train to Hong Kong's Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint on the first day China reopens the border amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, China, Jan 8. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong said it will no longer require people infected with Covid-19 to quarantine from Jan 30, removing one of the last major coronavirus restrictions in place in the Asian financial hub.

The scrapping of the isolation requirements is part of a decision to downgrade Covid-19's status to an endemic disease from a severe respiratory disease and follows a similar move by China on Jan 8.

"I have decided to scrap the quarantine order for Covid-infected patients. This is one of the important steps towards normalcy," city leader John Lee told a legislative meeting on Thursday.

People in Hong Kong are, however, still required to wear masks unless exercising.

Last week, high-speed rail services between Hong Kong and mainland China resumed for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

The re-opening comes amidst a massive wave of infections on the mainland following China's abrupt U-turn on its "zero-Covid" policy.

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