Covid-19: Hong Kong’s 21-day quarantine for travellers not necessary, says expert

Hong Kong’s strict coronavirus quarantine arrangements, which impose a 21-day confinement period for fully vaccinated travellers from high-risk countries, are “unnecessarily long,” according to a health expert.

Ben Cowling, an infectious disease and epidemiology expert at the University of Hong Kong, told HKFP the three-week quarantine period only made sense if the policy was designed to deter travellers from entering or leaving the city.

A traveller in the Hong Kong International Airport. File photo: GovHK.

“Whenever you think about a policy, you have to think about the aim of policy,” Cowling said on Tuesday. “If we are just thinking about a policy to stop infected people from coming in, then ten days [of quarantine] is enough, and 14 days is more than enough.”


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