Hong Kong airport partly resumes transit services

- A Monitor Desk Report 02 Jun, 2020 | 587 Views|-+
Dhaka: Hong Kong has resumed limited transit services at its international airport from June 1. Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the plan prior on May 26 when the business hub was gradually reopening while keeping the coronavirus at bay.

Hong Kong's airport is one of the world's busiest but arrivals and flights have collapsed in the wake of the global pandemic.

Hong Kong was one of the first places to record COVID-19 when it broke out of mainland China. But the city has since made impressive headway against the virus with a little over 1,000 recorded infections and four deaths out of a population of 7.5 million people.

Anyone arriving at the airport is not allowed into the city until they take a coronavirus test. Those found to be positive are immediately quarantined.

Many businesses including bars were forced to shut in March and April but have since reopened.

Karaoke lounges, nightclubs, saunas and party rooms were allowed to reopen on May 29, Lam said.

Hong Kong's airport was ranked the largest air cargo hub and the fourth largest international passenger centre in 2019 by the Airports Council International, handling 4.8 million metric tonnes of cargo and more than 71 million international passengers. However, arrivals dropped last year during anti-government protests that rocked the city for months.

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