Covid spike puts SG-HK travel bubble on the line

Authorities in Singapore and Hong Kong are deliberating on the status of their unrestricted travel bubble, which is due to commence tomorrow, as a fresh wave of Covid-19 infections hits Hong Kong.

On November 20, Hong Kong reported 26 new Covid-19 cases, which led Hong Kong’s secretary for Food and Health professor Sophia Chan to describe the situation as “severe”. In-person lower primary classes have since been suspended, and the Hong Kong government has urged residents to cease unnecessary gatherings.

Covid-19 cases are up in Hong Kong

According to Singapore media reports, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is likely to make a decision soon on the status of the inaugural Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble, an unique agreement that allows the exchange of residents from both cities without the need for quarantines and restricted itineraries.

In an earlier video message to the public, Singapore’s transport minister Ong Ye Kung had described the Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble as “very precious and not to be taken lightly”.

The sustainability of the travel bubble is subject to Covid-19 conditions; the arrangement will be suspended should the seven-day moving average for unlinked coronavirus infections exceeds five in either city.

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