HK suspends UK passenger flights

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UK on Monday reported 22,868 coronavirus cases, the highest since January 30 this year, according to official figures…reports Asian Lite News.

The Hong Kong government has announced that from July 1, all passenger flights from Britain will be suspended in view of the latest Covid-19 situation in the latter country.

In a statement on Monday, the government said that decision was taken as the pandemic situation rebounded recently in Britain with the spread of the Delta variant, reports Xinhua news agency.

It added that a number of cases imported from Britain involving variants have also been detected in Hong Kong over the past few days.

Hong Kong will also at the same time classify Britain, which is currently a “very high-risk” place, as “extremely high-risk” to restrict persons who have stayed in that country for more than two hours from boarding passenger flights for the city, the statement said.

Considering that the pandemic situation is still unstable in existing extremely high-risk places, which are Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa, the existing restrictions on the aforementioned places will continue.

UK on Monday reported 22,868 coronavirus cases, the highest since January 30 this year, according to official figures.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 4,755,078.

The country also recorded another three coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 128,103. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

More than 44.4 million people in Britain have received the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine and more than 32.5 million people have received two doses, the latest figures also showed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Pic Andrew Parsons No 10, Downing Street)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested Monday that there will be no early easing of the remaining Covid restrictions before the planned date of July 19.

Johnson has announced a four-week delay to the final step of England’s roadmap out of Covid-19 restrictions until July 19, amid a surge in cases of the Delta variant first identified in India.

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