HONG KONG shortens hotel quarantine period for travelers to just three days. Quarantine procedures will then be followed by health monitoring for four days.
“During the monitoring period, travelers may leave their homes but are not allowed to visit restaurants and bars,” Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive John Lee told a news conference.
Lee stressed that cutting the hotel quarantine period does not mean the Hong Kong SAR has given up on controlling the pandemic, adding that the local government is balancing risk control and economic development.
He also promised to introduce scientific methods for controlling the pandemic and efforts to reduce the number of severe cases and deaths.
Officials also launched a multilevel health code system. A yellow code will be given to people who are undergoing quarantine and health monitoring to limit their activities, while those who test positive will be given a red code. The blue code will be given after the quarantine and health monitoring period ends.
The Hong Kong SAR reported 4,040 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday (8/8), with 3,807 of them being locally transmitted. [antaranews/photo special]