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Hong Kong announces new quarantine arrangements

2020-03-10 HKT 21:33
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  • Anyone arriving in Hong Kong from Italy - as well as parts of France, Germany, Spain and Japan - will from Friday be put into quarantine. Photo: RTHK
    Anyone arriving in Hong Kong from Italy - as well as parts of France, Germany, Spain and Japan - will from Friday be put into quarantine. Photo: RTHK
Hong Kong on Tuesday announced that anyone arriving in the city from Italy - as well as parts of France, Germany, Spain and Japan - will from Saturday be put into quarantine, as part of efforts to prevent the further import of new coronavirus cases.

Hong Kong residents and tourists alike, who've been to Italy in the past fortnight, will be required to spend 14 days in a government quarantine centre.

Travellers will not be allowed to self-isolate at home, or at a hotel.

The arrangement also applies to travellers who've visited the Bourgogne-Franche-Comte or Grand Est regions of France, the North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen) region of Germany, La Rioja, Madrid, or the Basque Country (Pais Vasco) in Spain, or the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

The government has also issued Red Outbound Travel Alerts for all these regions, because of the "persistent and rapid increase" in Covid-19 cases there.

The alert urges the public to avoid non-essential travel to those areas.

Separately, the government said quarantine measures announced earlier for those who have been to Korea and Iran in the past 14 days remain unchanged.

Currently anyone who has been to Iran has to stay in a quarantine centre, as do all Hong Kong residents who have been to Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea.

Hong Kong residents returning from other parts of South Korea must undergo 14 days of medical surveillance.

Non-residents who have spent time in the country in the past two weeks are banned outright.