Coronavirus: HK makes hotel quarantine mandatory for Taiwan arrivals amid island’s recent outbreak

15-May-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Travellers from Taiwan to Hong Kong will be required to quarantine for 14 days in designated hotels, the city’s health minister has said, amid a recent surge of locally transmitted coronavirus cases on the island.

The measure marks a shift from existing policy, which has allowed arrivals from Taiwan, along with those from mainland China and Macau, to undergo isolation at home.

“As there has been a rising trend in local cases in Taiwan the government will require all arrivals who have stayed in Taiwan to undergo mandatory quarantine in designated hotels for 14 days,” Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee announced at a Friday Legislative Council meeting.

“They will not be allowed to undergo home quarantine, a move to reduce the chance of the virus getting into the community.”

It was not immediately clear when the new policy would take effect.

Taiwan reported 13 new locally transmitted cases on Thursday, taking the number of local infections in its current outbreak to 71 after recording no such cases for several months.

The self-ruled island has reported a total of 1,256 infections and 12 deaths during the pandemic.

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