HONG KONG: A travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore, due to be launched on Sunday, will be postponed for two weeks following a spike in regular coronavirus cases registered by the Chinese managed area, officials from Hong Kong said on Saturday.
The travel bubble will be revisited in early December, Secretary of Commerce and Economic Growth Edward Yau told the media, enabling a small number of passengers to fly both routes without having to go through quarantine.
“We have decided together with the Singapore government that we will defer the launch of the shuttle bubble by two weeks in view of the recent upsurge in local cases,” he said. “The decision made today is a responsible decision.”
The suspension comes as Hong Kong on Saturday confirmed 43 new cases of coronavirus, the highest daily toll in almost three months. It faces more than 60 preliminary cases, too.
Under the “travel bubble” scheme, without following quarantine, individuals will be permitted to travel between the two cities but would take a Covid-19 examination before departure and upon arrival. No limits on the intention of travel will exist.
Travellers will also be expected to take allocated flights, with only Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines being chosen to operate these flights for the time being.
Since the pandemic started, Hong Kong has reported over 5,500 coronavirus cases and 108 Covid-19 deaths.