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Hong Kong plans to review COVID restrictions on Monday as cases ease

Hong Kong plans to review COVID restrictions on Monday as cases ease

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Sunday she plans to review COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, just days after acknowledging that many people in the global financial hub were "losing patience" with the city's coronavirus policies.
Hong Kong has some of the most stringent COVID-19 rules in the world, with a ban on flights from nine countries including Australia and Britain, and hotel quarantine of up to two weeks for incoming travellers.

The city has also imposed a ban on gatherings of more than two people, while most public venues are closed, including beaches and playgrounds, face masks are compulsory and there is no face-to-face learning for students.

On Sunday, the government reported 14,149 new COVID-19 cases, down from 16,597 a day earlier and more than 20,000 on Friday.The coronavirus outbreak has swept through elderly care homes and paralysed many parts of the city.

Hong Kong has seen a net outflow of around 50,000 people so far this month, compared with more than 71,000 in February and nearly 17,000 in December before the fifth wave hit.

While Hong Kong is officially clinging to a "zero-COVID" strategy that aims to curb all outbreaks, recent actions and policy tweaks suggest it is pivoting away from that at a time when most other major global cities are learning to live with the virus.
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