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Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners


Hong Kong will continue to be closed to foreigners, extending the initial two-week entry restrictions on non-residents indefinitely.

Non-residents coming from overseas to Hong Kong by plane will be denied entry, while those coming from mainland China, Macao and Taiwan will be barred from entering if they have been overseas in the past 14 days.

People wearing face masks walk at a downtown street in Hong Kong Monday, April 6, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. AP PHOTO


The move to continue shutting out foreigners was announced by the government on Monday, and comes as the number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong rose to 915. The island-state has seen a rise in the number of imported cases in the city and its confirmed cases have more than doubled in the last two weeks.

On Sunday, Hong Kong’s airport saw only 813 arrivals, a drop of close to 82 percent compared to before the restrictions were put in place on March 24.

Its entry restrictions exempt certain groups, including aircraft crew, government officials on duty, spouses and minor children of Hong Kong residents, as well as personnel engaged by the government in anti-epidemic work.



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