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Hong Kong lifts flight bans, cuts quarantine to ‘relaunch’ economy

In a press conference Monday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that residents of nine countries, including India, the United Kingdom and the United States would be allowed to return home starting April 1. The other nations are Australia, Canada, France, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Only vaccinated residents of Hong Kong will be eligible to return from those nine countries. It was not immediately clear what the changes meant for non-residents arriving from any country outside mainland China.

Flights from the nine countries were banned earlier this year, as the Omicron variant was spreading across the world.
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Lam said the bans weren’t necessary anymore since the coronavirus situation in Hong Kong was no longer any better than in other countries.

Once Asia’s undisputed business hub, the southern Chinese city is currently undergoing a troubling fifth wave of infections, leading to…

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