Ahead of Singapore travel bubble, Hong Kong records 43 new COVID-19 cases
HONG KONG – There were 43 new coronavirus cases in Hong Kong on Saturday. This comes a day before an arrangement with Singapore to permit a certain number of passengers to fly both ways sans quarantine requirements.
Hong Kong has been spared the dramatic escalation of coronavirus cases seen in other major cities, but the rise was big by its standards, with daily cases having mostly been in the single-digits or low double-digits in recent weeks.
Out of the 43 cases, 36 were locally transmitted.
The rise comes as a travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore is due to begin on Sunday.
Under the arrangement, people would be allowed to travel between the two cities without observing quarantine but must take a COVID-19 test before departure and upon arrival. There would be no restrictions on the purpose of travel.
Hong Kong has recorded over 5,500 coronavirus cases and 108 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.