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‘New balance’ struck? HK suspends Covid flight ban mechanism in first major policy shift

Hong Kong removed a ban from Thursday on airlines found to have carried a set number of passengers infected with Covid-19 in a first major policy shift following the new administration’s pledge to review the city’s tough pandemic restrictions.

Business leaders, politicians and homesick residents alike welcomed the change, while health experts said they believed a “new balance” had been struck to minimise risks with more rigorous testing.

“Great news! Hong Kong CE John Lee’s first step to ease travel restrictions. More relaxation to come!” Executive Council convenor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said in a tweet on Thursday hours after the government announced the move, hinting that more measures could be relaxed.


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