In effort to dam variants, Hong Kong bans flights from three international locations and empties an residence block.

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Hong Kong stated it will ban flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 2 weeks beginning on Tuesday after detecting its first native case involving a variant of the coronavirus.

A person who examined constructive on Friday, after coming back from Dubai after which finishing his obligatory 21 days of quarantine, is the Asian monetary hub’s first case outdoors quarantine discovered to hold the N501Y spike mutation. This variation seems to assist the virus bind to cells and happens in a number of variants which have unfold quickly all over the world, together with B.1.1.7, first detected in Britain.

On Sunday, a pal the person had stayed with after quarantine additionally examined constructive for the virus, with a preliminary constructive for the N501Y mutation. Although different residents of the constructing examined adverse, the authorities ordered about 80 of them to quarantine at a authorities facility.

The N501Y mutation has been a spotlight of the Chinese language territory’s efforts to maintain out coronavirus variants: The India, Pakistan and Philippines journey bans got here underneath a coverage introduced final Wednesday blocking flights from any nation whose Hong Kong arrivals yielded greater than 5 constructive exams for the mutation inside seven days. Within the neighboring Chinese language territory of Macau, the quarantine requirement for arrivals from India, Pakistan and the Philippines was prolonged on Monday to twenty-eight days from 21.

Hong Kong already requires adverse take a look at outcomes earlier than boarding and upon arrival earlier than vacationers are allowed to settle into their quarantine lodges. Out of the 175 new coronavirus instances reported in Hong Kong over the previous two weeks, 132 of them had been categorized as imported.

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