Hong Kong airport suspends passenger transit services for 150 countries on Omicron variant

Hong Kong International Airport announced on Friday that it was suspending passenger transit services for 150 countries to control the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19. Hong Kong International Airport updated its transit regulations on Friday to reflect a month-long suspension of services from Jan. 16 for people who have recently traveled to 150 countries, Sputnik reported.

“In order to control the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19, from January 16 to February 15, 2022, passenger transfer/transit services through Hong Kong International Airport for anyone who has stayed at one or more locations specified Group A in the past 21 days will be suspended,” the Russian news agency quoted the Hong Kong airport statement as saying. According to the airport’s website, the Group A list currently includes 150 countries and territories, and Kyrgyzstan will be included on Sunday, Sputnik reported.

On Jan. 5, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Hong Kong was on the brink of another COVID-19 outbreak. As of Friday, Hong Kong had detected 58 cases of Omicron. Since the start of the pandemic, Hong Kong has recorded 12,829 COVID-19 cases and 213 deaths, the Russian News Agency reported. (ANI)

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Melvin Z. Madore