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In brief: HK’s latest quarantine rules
Get ready for the city’s latest quarantine rules for overseas arrivals, coming into effect on Friday (20 August) at midnight. Due to the contagiousness of the Delta variant, the government has launched more precautions for travellers.
The new rules include:
compulsory quarantine can be no shorter than 14 days, regardless of people’s vaccination or antibody status
only fully vaccinated travellers who have been to high-risk countries can enter Hong Kong, but they have to quarantine for 21 days, take six tests, self-monitor for a week post-quarantine, and take a test 26 days after arrival
vaccinated travellers from medium and low-risk countries must quarantine for 14 days, take four tests, self-monitor for a week post-quarantine, and take tests 16 and 19 days after their arrival
TL;DR It still sucks.
New cases: 3 (2 imported, 1 unknown)
Total cases: 12,040 (78 active cases)
According to a University of Hong Kong study, those who received the Sinovac vaccine are at a higher risk of experiencing facial paralysis as a side effect – double the risk of those with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The anti-sanctions law will be written into Basic Law on Friday. A lot remains unclear regarding how the law will affect HK, and when HK will pass local legislation.
Tam Yiu-chung, delegate to the National People's Congress Standing Committee, brushed aside worries that this law would trigger capital flight.
"I don't think [people] need to over-worry. If we formulate the counter-sanction mechanism, the SAR government will be very careful in studying how to enforce [the law].”
— Tam Yiu-chung
Read more about the uncertainties cast on HK’s financial institutions due to the anti-sanctions law on this SCMP article (paywalled).
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Celebrate HK’s Olympians at a parade on Thursday morning. The athletes will be riding in two open-top buses set to arrive at Nathan Road and Canton Road at around 9:40 AM.
Purchase affordable art at (surprise!) Hong Kong’s Affordable Art Fair from the 26-29 August.
Mooncakes worth cutting your ear off for.
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