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Hong Kong Bans Transit Flights From Over 150 Countries

People walk across a street in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. In an effort to limit omicron outbreaks, Hong Kong is closing kindergartens and primary schools after infections were reported in students, city leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday. Schools are to close by Friday and remain shut until at least the Lunar New Year holiday in the first week of February. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
People walk across a street in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. In an effort to limit omicron outbreaks, Hong Kong is closing kindergartens and primary schools after infections were reported in students, city leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday. Schools are to close by Friday and remain shut until at least the Lunar New Year holiday in the first week of February. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Hong Kong (AP) -- Hong Kong International Airport said it will ban transit passengers from 150 countries and territories starting Sunday, tightening stringent travel controls in an effort to stem the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant.

Authorities also said Friday they will extend social distancing restrictions, including a ban on dining in after 6 p.m., by another two weeks over the Lunar New Year holidays to Feb. 3. Large-scale events, such as Lunar New Year fairs held annually in Hong Kong, will be canceled.