People arrive at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre on Lantau Island for quarantine. Photo: Felix Wong
People arrive at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre on Lantau Island for quarantine. Photo: Felix Wong

Coronavirus: Hong Kong cut quarantine for Covid-19 close contacts from 21 days to 14, so why not for travellers too?

  • Infectious diseases specialists say symptoms of Omicron variant emerge quicker – at about three days on average – providing scientific basis for cut in quarantine time
  • But respiratory medicine expert Dr Leung Chi-chiu argues city should keep 21-day quarantine to prevent community spread, especially for highly transmissible variants

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
People arrive at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre on Lantau Island for quarantine. Photo: Felix Wong
People arrive at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre on Lantau Island for quarantine. Photo: Felix Wong
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