Hong Kong suspends transit flights from most of the world due to COVID-19

Hong Kong will suspend for a month transit flights from around 150 countries and territories considered high risk because of the coronavirus. Hong Kong International Airport said that any persons who have stayed in places classified as high risk by health authorities in the 21 days before travelling cannot transit through the city from Jan. 16 until Feb. 15.

Hong Kong currently classifies more than 150 countries and territories as high risk. Last week, it banned incoming flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Britain and the United States, including interchanges. The government is expected to announce later on Friday that the restrictions will be extended through the Lunar New Year holiday at the start of February.

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