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Hong Kong Officials Target End to Hotel Quarantine in November

  • Some in government said to push back on plan as cases spike
  • Final decision said to hinge on fatalities, public sentiment
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Hong Kong May End Hotel Quarantine in November
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Hong Kong is targeting an end to hotel quarantine in November, ahead of a summit of global bankers and an international rugby competition, even as a resurgence in Covid-19 cases prompts health officials to push back on the plan, according to people familiar with the debate.

Chief Executive John Lee is leaning toward scrapping hotel quarantine before the November events to signal Hong Kong is back in business, despite the objections of some in his administration, the people said. Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau is among those who want to tighten restrictions as cases surge, one person added, on the hope that suppressing cases will lead to the reopening of the mainland border.