COVID Travel Restrictions Continue To Fall

Everyone except the People’s Republic Of China have had enough of COVID-19 restrictions and mandates. Even Hong Kong, technically part of China but still possessing a degree of autonomy under China’s “one country, two systems” structure, is looking to ease travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

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Hong Kong’s health chief has said the government is “actively considering” scrapping hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals, sounding a cautiously optimistic note on stabilising daily Covid-19 caseloads.

Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau told a radio programme on Saturday that recent infection figures and sewage samples showed encouraging signs, warning however that a previous long weekend might mean fewer people got tested, while there was a higher risk of transmission from family gatherings.

Meanwhile, Canada is considering ending its inoculation mandate at the border as well as its random testing programs.

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The federal government is considering turning the page on pandemic-era restrictions by ending the COVID-19 vaccination mandate at the border and scrapping random testing requirements, the Star has learned.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet have yet to make a final decision, but several sources confirmed ministers will soon weigh in on a move that could also spell the end of the unpopular ArriveCAN app.

Slowly but surely, the world outside of China is moving on from COVID-19. China is getting left behind in pandemic purgatory.