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Hong Kong considers shorter quarantine for some fully vaccinated travellers
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Hong Kong considers shorter quarantine for some fully vaccinated travellers

[ad_1] Inoculated people who have tested negative for the virus and are coming from countries not classified as “high-risk” should qualify for a seven-day hotel quarantine, David Hui, a member of the government’s scientific committee, said at a briefing Wednesday evening. The proposed exemption would require a positive antibody test result conducted in Hong Kong after arrival, he said.“The purpose of checking the antibody is to show evidence of response to vaccination,” the panel said. “If the serology test result is negative, the shortening of the quarantine period could not be considered.”Travellers would still be required to self-monitor for another week after the seven-day quarantine at a designated hotel, Hui said. Covid tests will be administered more frequently, potentially every...
China dodges reopening borders to foreigners despite mass vaccination drive
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China dodges reopening borders to foreigners despite mass vaccination drive

[ad_1] China is rolling out a world-leading 20 million Covid-19 vaccine doses a day, and more than 40% of the nation’s vast population has had at least one, homegrown shot. But as other countries move to reopen to the world, it seems to be in no hurry to turn the page on the pandemic.After a lackluster start dogged by hesitancy and some supply shortages, China has now administered more than 660 million vaccine doses, putting the country’s 1.4 billion people on track for herd immunity territory in just a few months. In its capital Beijing, more than 80% of people have had at least one dose, according to data from the municipal health authority reported by local media.Yet China -- which has both eliminated transmission of the virus locally and achieved a substantial level of vaccination -...
More US states ease off Covid-19 regulations as vaccination rates rise
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More US states ease off Covid-19 regulations as vaccination rates rise

[ad_1] Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, more US cities and states are shrugging off lingering Covid-19 restrictions as vaccination rates rise and the number of infections falls.Massachusetts lifted a mask requirement Saturday, a day after New Jersey dropped its mandate. In New York City and Chicago, officials reopened public beaches, though winds and cool temperatures kept crowds away.“Welcome back, Chicago," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a video announcement. “The lakefront is open."Chicago's Navy Pier also reopened retail stores and restaurants, carnival rides, and tour boats and cruises after the pandemic forced months long closures at the busy tourist destination.It's one more sign of progress that reflects increasingly positive health data. On Saturday, Illinois' Department of...