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Singapore-Hong Kong ‘journey bubble’ flights will keep on regardless of rise in Hong Kong’s coronavirus circumstances


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 might be extra precautionary measures imposed as new coronavirus circumstances in Hong Kong rise.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore announced Saturday that each one arriving passengers from Hong Kong will now be required to take an extra Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Response (PCR) take a look at upon arrival.

They can even must self-isolate of their place of residence — be it a resort or residence — as they look forward to the outcomes which can take about six to eight hours, the aviation authority stated.

To be clear, all passengers from Hong Kong below the air journey bubble settlement had been already required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 PCR take a look at and acquire a detrimental take a look at outcome earlier than departing for Singapore.

“As talked about, travellers will now endure an extra on-arrival COVID-19 PCR take a look at,” in response to the most recent launch from CAAS.

The initial air travel bubble agreement announced 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 number of new daily cases rose to 26, and most of them had been native infections.

“Now we have most likely entered into a brand new wave of circumstances,” the town’s Secretary for Meals and Well being Sophia Chan stated in a press briefing on Friday, citing specialists 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 geared toward stemming the unfold of the virus, and won’t rule out extra stringent restrictions, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a Facebook post.

Hong Kong imposed new restrictions on Saturday, together with the banning of golf equipment and celebration rooms, in addition to prohibiting stay performances and dancing in bars and pubs. The federal government introduced earlier that main faculties might be suspended for 2 weeks from Monday.

The Singapore and Hong Kong well being authorities are in shut contact and monitoring the state of affairs.

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

Journey authorities from either side have at all times stated the deal might 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 each day into every metropolis, restricted to a most of 200 passengers per flight. The variety of flights will improve provided that the unfold of Covid-19 in each cities stays below management.

Singapore’s aviation authority reiterated on Saturday that the air journey bubble “might be suspended if the seven-day transferring common of unlinked circumstances exceeds 5 per day.”

“The determine for Hong Kong is at present at 2.14,” CAAS stated. “The edge might be exceeded if there are greater than 22 unlinked circumstances in Hong Kong over the following 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.