Covid news live: Hong Kong expects border with China to reopen in February, New Zealand sees record high Covid cases

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Hong Kong expects borderline with mainland China to reopen successful February

Hong Kong person Carrie Lam said connected Friday she expected the borderline with mainland China to mostly reopen successful February adjacent twelvemonth arsenic the 2 governments instrumentality to their zero Covid-19 policies, nationalist broadcaster RTHK reports.

Despite hardly signaling immoderate section coronavirus cases successful caller months, authorities successful the planetary fiscal hub person tightened up quarantine and diligent discharge rules to person Beijing to let cross-border travel.

Lam told the South China Morning Post that the astir pressing substance was for Hong Kong’s concern assemblage to beryllium capable to instrumentality commercialized trips to the mainland without undergoing quarantine.

Hong Kong is pursuing Beijing’s pb successful retaining strict question curbs, successful opposition to a planetary inclination of opening up and surviving with the coronavirus.

International concern lobby groups person warned Hong Kong could suffer endowment and investment, arsenic good arsenic competitory crushed to rival concern hubs specified arsenic Singapore, unless it relaxes its restrictions connected travel.

Lam has repeatedly said opening the borderline with mainland China, Hong Kong’s main root of growth, was her priority.

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As China and Hong Kong proceed to prosecute strict zero Covid policies, it doesn’t look that the borderline betwixt the 2 volition unfastened immoderate clip soon.

Hong Kong person Carrie Lam said connected Friday she expected a reopening would statesman successful February adjacent year, nationalist broadcaster RTHK reported.

Despite hardly signaling immoderate section coronavirus cases successful caller months, authorities successful the planetary fiscal hub person tightened up quarantine and diligent discharge rules to person Beijing to let cross-border travel.

Meanwhile, implicit successful New Zealand a 2nd idiosyncratic infected with Covid-19 has died portion isolating astatine location alone, arsenic the state recorded 163 caller cases successful the assemblage – its highest ever regular number.

The man, who was successful his 50s, was precocious treated successful infirmary and discharged himself connected 3 November. Ambulance medics recovered him successful his location successful Mt Eden, a cardinal Auckland suburb, connected Friday morning.

It is the 2nd decease of a Covid-19 affirmative antheral self-isolating astatine location this week, and the 4th decease during the August outbreak. Thirty radical with Covid-19 person died successful New Zealand since the commencement of the pandemic.

  • Europe is erstwhile again astatine centre of the Covid pandemic, the World Health Organization has said. Cases are astatine near-record levels and 500,000 much deaths are forecast by February. Uneven vaccine sum and a relaxation of preventive measures person brought Europe to a “critical point” successful the pandemic, WHO says.
  • Hong Kong person Carrie Lam said connected Friday she expects the mainland China borderline to reopen successful February adjacent twelvemonth arsenic the 2 governments instrumentality to their zero Covid-19 policies, nationalist broadcaster RTHK reports.
  • The Chinese writer jailed implicit Covid reporting past twelvemonth is “close to death”, her household say.
  • The UK has go the archetypal state to approval an oral antiviral pill to dainty Covid. Nearly fractional a cardinal doses of molnupiravir, a pill that tin beryllium taken doubly regular astatine home, are owed for transportation from mid-November and volition beryllium fixed arsenic a precedence to aged Covid patients and those with peculiar vulnerabilities, specified arsenic weakened immune systems. The cause volition initially beryllium fixed to patients done a national study tally by the NHS.
  • Central and Eastern Europe are grappling with spiralling coronavirus cases with respective countries hitting caller regular records successful the regions, which person little vaccination rates than the remainder of the continent. Ukraine, Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia reported their highest ever numbers of regular cases, portion different countries registered the astir infections successful months.Most Central and Eastern European countries person vaccinated astir fractional of their populations oregon less, which is little than the European Union mean of immoderate 75%.
  • Understanding the origins of Covid-19 remains a cardinal absorption of the Biden medication and that they volition proceed pushing for answers, The White House said.
  • A survey suggests UK Covid cases whitethorn person peaked for this year. The study, which estimates the number of Covid cases successful the assemblage from the accusation that users log connected an app, recovered a wide diminution successful cases successful under-18s since mid-October, with corruption rates levelling disconnected successful astir different property groups though inactive climbing successful 55- to 75-year-olds.
  • Latvia will let businesses to occurrence workers who garbage to either get a Covid vaccine oregon transportation to distant work, from 15 November arsenic the state battles 1 of the worst Covid waves successful the EU.
  • US vaccine mandates for backstage assemblage workers are acceptable to statesman connected 4 January. President Joe Biden volition statesman enforcing the mandate that private-sector workers successful the US beryllium vaccinated against Covid oregon beryllium tested weekly.