More Covid-19 tests for airport, hotel workers

Local | Wallis Wang 19 Oct 2021

Wallis Wang

Employees of the airport and designated quarantine hotels, along with drivers carrying travelers between them, will have to undergo more frequent Covid-19 tests starting next week as the government attempts to ease the mainland's concern over border reopening, sources said.

It is understood that airport staff, who are now required to get vaccinated and be tested every week, will have to undergo a test every three days.

The frequency of testing for vaccinated workers at 36 designated quarantine hotels and drivers carrying arrivals to the hotels will also be increased from every seven days to every three days. Unvaccinated hotel workers and drivers will be required to undergo tests daily, sources said.

Government advisor David Hui Shu-cheong yesterday told The Standard that this new policy is acceptable. He added that tge current weekly test on high-risk groups is meaningless because the Delta variant has a shorter incubation period.

According to traffic figures released by the Airport Authority on Sunday, the airport handled more than 7,000 travelers every day last month. Cargo throughput also increased 17.9 percent in September compared with the same month last year.

Separately, sources said more hotels with a lower price point will join the quarantine hotels scheme starting December.

Meanwhile, four more hospitals - Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern, Tseung Kwan O, Caritas Medical Centre and Prince of Wales - are offering German-made BioNTech/Fosun Covid-19 vaccines to people having regular consultations there from yesterday.

There are now vaccination stations at seven public hospitals across the city. Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen yesterday inspected the vaccination station in Tuen Mun Hospital and a one-day walk-in jab service for the elderly in Tuen Mun.

Hong Kong yesterday recorded five imported cases from the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Ghana and Nigeria, taking the city's tally to 12,300 cases with 213 deaths. All cases have been vaccinated and carried the L452R mutant strain present in the Delta variant.

Separately, Qatar Airways flights from Doha have been banned from landing in Hong Kong from yesterday to October 31 after two separate flights last week each carried two Covid-19 patients.



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