In view of the growing concerns regarding the Delta plus COVID 19 variant, Hong Kong decided to ban all air travels from the United Kingdom. The ban will start from July 1 and is applicable for all incoming passenger from Britain.
Hong Kong: In view of the growing concerns regarding the Delta plus COVID 19 variant, Hong Kong decided to ban all air travels from the United Kingdom. The ban will start from July 1 and is applicable for all incoming passenger from Britain. This means, people who’d recently spent more than two hours in Britain will not be allowed to board flights to Hong Kong from any airport.
The UK has been segregated as an extremely high-risk country. This decision has been taken in between the political tensions between China and the West over a crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong.
This is for the second time Hong Kong has stopped arrivals from Britain. Earlier, it regulated the ban from December 2020 which stayed till May of this year.
Due to the recent rebound of the pandemic in the UK and the widespread Delta variant virus strain in the country, the ban has come into effect to reduce the transmission of the newly emerged Delta Plus variant city authorities said.
Around 8 daily non-stop flights from the UK to Hong Kong are carried out. All fly out of London.
However, ban has not affected the flights outbound from Hong Kong to the UK.
No matter what number of the vaccination rate says, but there is no respite from emerging cases of COVID 19 variant. UK currently witnessed Europe’s highest number of daily new cases so far. Mostly the new infections are connected to the Delta variant. The Delta Plus variant was first detected in India.
Last week, Hong Kong, however confirmed its first local Delta variant, after ending a 16-day sequence of zero local cases.
Since 2020, the city so far had made the strictest border curbs in the world which assisted in keeping infections numbers low throughout the pandemic days.
The city recently recorded a high number of Delta variant cases in people arriving from the UK. All incoming travellers will have to follow the OCVID 91 guidelines and the first one is to have quarantine.
Many parents in Hong Kong whose children are studying in the UK are shocked to hear that they’ve to live helplessly without assistance abroad.