HK imposes three-week quarantine for visitors

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong extended its compulsory quarantine to three weeks for almost all international travellers from yesterday, saying the measure was needed to prevent new, more infectious, coronavirus variants from spreading.

The government said expert advice suggested that the incubation period of the virus could be longer than 14 days in some people – so passengers will now have to undergo compulsory quarantine in designated hotels for three weeks, rather than the previous two.

Health officials said two students returned to Hong Kong from the United Kingdom (UK) might have been infected by this new variant.