Hong Kong will impose tighter restrictions over those who return from countries with Omicron outbreaks, health officials announced as the city reported a third case involving the coronavirus variant.
The new Omicron case was a 37-year-old man who was listed as an imported Covid
-19 case on Sunday. He returned to Hong Kong on November 24 from Nigeria via Ethiopia and Thailand, and was tested positive during his quarantine at Ramada North Point hotel.
He received Modena vaccination in Nigeria and was asymptomatic. He is hospitalized in North Lantau Hong Kong Infection Control Centre.
Officials announced on Monday that all countries with community outbreak of Omicron cases will be listed as Group A high risk regions. Non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed there within 21 days will not be allowed to enter Hong Kong.
As for HK residents arriving from those countries, they must undergo quarantine at the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre for seven days, during which they have to undergo testing every day and their health conditions will be monitored by healthcare professionals.
Upon completion of the seven-day quarantine at quarantine center, they will be allowed to undergo another 14-day quarantine at a designated hotel which they have reserved.
They are also required to undergo testing on the 9th, 12th, 16th and 19th day and another compulsory testing in a community testing center on the 26th day of arrival at Hong Kong.
Eight southern African countries have been put into Group A, namely South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The list could be updated soon as the variant has been found in more countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia.