Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble continues as Hong Kong Covid cases rise

Singapore-Hong Kong journey bubble continues as Hong Kong Covid instances rise

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Singapore Airways crew members at Changi Worldwide Airport in Singapore on Oct. 24, 2020.

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SINGAPORE — Singapore and Hong Kong will go forward with their air journey preparations on Sunday as deliberate, however there can be extra precautionary measures imposed as new coronavirus instances in Hong Kong rise.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore introduced Saturday that every one arriving passengers from Hong Kong will now be required to take a further Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Response (PCR) take a look at upon arrival.

They may even must self-isolate of their place of residence — be it a resort or house — as they look forward to the outcomes which is able to take about six to eight hours, the aviation authority stated.

To be clear, all passengers from Hong Kong beneath the air journey bubble settlement had been already required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 PCR take a look at and procure a detrimental take a look at consequence earlier than departing for Singapore.

“As talked about, travellers will now endure an extra on-arrival COVID-19 PCR take a look at,” in response to the newest launch from CAAS.

The preliminary air journey bubble settlement introduced on Nov. 11 didn’t require any isolation of passengers from Hong Kong upon arrival.

Hong Kong’s ‘new wave’

Hong Kong reported Friday that the variety of new each day instances rose to 26, and most of them had been native infections.

“We now have most likely entered into a brand new wave of instances,” the town’s Secretary for Meals and Well being Sophia Chan stated in a press briefing on Friday, citing consultants from the Centre for Well being Safety.

She stated the scenario was “extreme” and urged residents to cease all pointless gatherings.

The federal government met late Friday to finalize different contingency measures aimed toward stemming the unfold of the virus, and won’t rule out extra stringent restrictions, Chief Government Carrie Lam stated in a Fb put up.

Hong Kong imposed new restrictions on Saturday, together with the banning of golf equipment and social gathering rooms, in addition to prohibiting dwell performances and dancing in bars and pubs. The federal government introduced earlier that major faculties can be suspended for 2 weeks from Monday.

The Singapore and Hong Kong well being authorities are in shut contact and monitoring the scenario.

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

Journey authorities from either side have all the time stated the deal can be suspended if the Covid-19 scenario in both metropolis deteriorates.

The Hong Kong-Singapore air journey bubble settlement is because of begin on Nov. 22 with a single flight each day into every metropolis, restricted to a most of 200 passengers per flight. The variety of flights will improve provided that the unfold of Covid-19 in each cities stays beneath management.

Singapore’s aviation authority reiterated on Saturday that the air journey bubble “can be suspended if the seven-day transferring common of unlinked instances exceeds 5 per day.”

“The determine for Hong Kong is at the moment at 2.14,” CAAS stated. “The edge can be exceeded if there are greater than 22 unlinked instances in Hong Kong over the subsequent three days. It will set off a two-day discover interval, after which suspension will come into impact.”

“The Singapore and Hong Kong well being authorities are in shut contact and monitoring the scenario,” the aviation authority stated.