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What Is 'Reverse Quarantine' and How Will It Work?

What Is 'Reverse Quarantine' and How Will it Work?



Chief Executive John Lee said on Thursday that Hong Kong people travelling to the mainland will soon be allowed to fulfil their quarantine requirements in the SAR before crossing the border in a closed loop.


He said Guangzhou and Shenzhen authorities have agreed to the scheme in principle.

Lee made the announcement after attending a virtual meeting with leaders from Guangdong province and from the two cities.

At a press briefing, he said a joint task force will be set up to hammer out details for the so-called "reverse quarantine" arrangement, adding Chief Secretary Eric Chan will lead the Hong Kong delegation.

At present, anyone arriving on the mainland has to undergo a week of centralised quarantine followed by three days of home observation under the seven-plus-three arrangement.

Lee said the proposed reverse quarantine arrangement will ease the burden on quarantine hotel rooms on the mainland and ensure a regular flow of people from Hong Kong into Shenzhen.

We will try to do this fast. As always, we want to ensure that action comes quickly, he said.

Lee was asked whether Hong Kong has given up seeking quarantine-free travel to the mainland. This proposal of doing quarantine in Hong Kong so as to fulfil the seven-plus-three requirement in Shenzhen is in no replacement of other measures that we always try to seek so as to allow more convenience in allowing people to travel from Hong Kong to the mainland, he said. We are working on all possible options.


However, businesses and NGOs said the new reverse quarantine arrangement planned by Hong Kong authorities may not provide much-needed relief to travellers heading to mainland. They are calling instead for sufficient quota slots and the isolation duration to be shortened.


The minimum seven-day quarantine in the city remains a big deterrent, says NGO deputy director.


Source: South China Morning Post 

 

COVID-19 Update Sep. 2nd

1. Shanghai: 

+1 local cases

+7 imported COVID-19 cases

2. Chinese mainland:

+318 local cases

+55 imported COVID-19 cases


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