Bernard Chan says authorities within the monetary hub might subsequent goal to shorten quarantine.
A high adviser to Hong Kong’s chief says he’s “very optimistic” the town will reopen to the world inside the subsequent yr and that shortening Covid-19 quarantine for inbound vacationers is the federal government’s “subsequent goal.”
“All of us need to finish this factor as quickly as we will,” Bernard Chan, a financier and convener of Chief Govt Carrie Lam’s advisory Govt Council, stated in a Bloomberg Tv interview Wednesday.
“I’m very hopeful as extra information exhibits the omicron variant’s incubation interval is definitely a lot shorter, that maybe we will goal for a shorter quarantine time,” he stated. “You realize, that’s in all probability the subsequent goal.”
When requested if the town might reopen to the world inside the subsequent yr, Chan stated as soon as Hong Kong had a “absolutely vaccinated neighborhood” and a greater information of omicron he was “very optimistic” the previous British colony might meet that focus on.
Hong Kong has a number of the world’s strictest border controls that require incoming vaccinated residents to quarantine for so long as 14 days, whereas flight bans are nonetheless in place on eight nations together with the U.S. and the U.Okay. Chan stated the federal government receives complaints about its prolonged quarantine guidelines on an nearly “hourly foundation.”
Lam has reiterated the town’s dedication to a zero-tolerance pandemic technique centered on eliminating the virus from its borders, a coverage shared with mainland China.
Chan, nevertheless, dominated out Hong Kong orchestrating a city-wide, China-style lockdown to stem the present outbreak of the highly-transmissible omicron variant.
“I don’t assume we will ever go right into a full lockdown,” he stated. “We simply can’t do it in Hong Kong. We can not have the identical type of lockdown that you just seen within the mainland.”