Quarantine measures tightened for returnees from the UK

Hong Kong | 24 Jun 2021 9:42 pm

All returnees from the UK, whether vaccinated or not, must undergo a 21-day quarantine starting from June 28, the government announced tonight. 

The government added it will only accept results conducted using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test starting from June 26. 

Results of tests conducted using other testing platforms (e.g. reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification, RT-LAMP) will not be accepted. 

The UK will also be listed as a very high risk Group A2 specified place with effect from June 28. 

Returnees who have been to Group A2 specified place for on the day of boarding or 21 days before, have to present negative virus test results conducted 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the plane, as well as room reservation confirmation of designated hotels in Hong Kong. 

They have to undergo a test upon arrival, and undergo four more tests during the 21-day quarantine. 

Upon completion of quarantine, returnees will have to undergo a seven-day self monitoring period and another compulsory test on the 26th day of arrival.

The government added that the arrangements of shortened quarantine period for fully vaccinated persons are not applicable to persons who have stayed in Group A2 specified places. 

The decision came as a number of cases with L425R variant were detected from people arriving from the UK, the government explained.



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