Singapore-Hong Kong journey bubble continues as Hong Kong Covid instances rise
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 will probably be extra precautionary measures imposed as new coronavirus instances in Hong Kong rise.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore introduced Saturday that each 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 can even have to self-isolate of their place of residence — be it a resort or house — as they watch for the outcomes which can take about six to eight hours, the aviation authority stated.
To be clear, all passengers from Hong Kong beneath the air journey bubble settlement have been already required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 PCR take a look at and acquire a destructive take a look at outcome earlier than departing for Singapore.
“As talked about, travellers will now bear an extra on-arrival COVID-19 PCR take a look at,” in accordance with the most recent 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 every day instances rose to 26, and most of them have been native infections.
“We’ve got 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 state of affairs 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 Govt Carrie Lam stated in a East Auto Information publish.
Hong Kong imposed new restrictions on Saturday, together with the banning of golf equipment and celebration rooms, in addition to prohibiting dwell performances and dancing in bars and pubs. The federal government introduced earlier that major faculties will probably be suspended for 2 weeks from Monday.
Journey authorities from each side have all the time stated the deal will probably be suspended if the Covid-19 state of affairs in both metropolis deteriorates.
The Hong Kong-Singapore air journey bubble settlement is because of begin on Nov. 22 with a single flight every day into every metropolis, restricted to a most of 200 passengers per flight. The variety of flights will enhance 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 “will probably be suspended if the seven-day shifting common of unlinked instances exceeds 5 per day.”
“The determine for Hong Kong is presently at 2.14,” CAAS stated. “The brink will probably be exceeded if there are greater than 22 unlinked instances in Hong Kong over the subsequent three days. This can 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 state of affairs,” the aviation authority stated.