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Hong Kong rejects pleas from global banks to scrap zero-Covid

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Bloomberg10/26/2021 11:3 AM GMT+08  • 3 min read
Hong Kong rejects pleas from global banks to scrap zero-Covid
Singapore, London and New York, are starting to get back to normal, easing travel rules while seeking to co-exist with the virus
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Hong Kong’s government said it will stick to its “zero infection” strategy on Covid-19, rebuffing a plea from global banks for the city to ease its strict quarantine policy and set a clearer time-line for a return to normal or risk its status as a centre for international business.

In a statement issued to Bloomberg News in response to calls from the city’s top bank lobbying group for a change of course, a government spokesperson reiterated that the top priority remains reopening travel to the Chinese mainland, saying that other places that have adjusted their strategies to co-exist with the virus have seen increases in infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

“The Government will continue to strive to reach ‘zero infection’ and sustain the various stringent and necessary anti-epidemic measures,” the spokesperson said in a statement issued by the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau.

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