Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Covid-19: Hong Kong to Prioritize Singapore Travel Bubble in Reopening Plans” – below is their description.
Leader Carrie Lam discusses Hong Kong’s plans to resume a long-awaited quarantine-free travel bubble with Singapore, as well reopening with cities like Macau and Shenzhen as the Covid-19 pandemic stabilizes. The bubble was due to kick off in May after several false starts due to a recurrence of coronavirus cases in Singapore.
“I would say that Singapore is still our priority candidate for consideration,” said Lam. “As far as Macau and Shenzhen, they fall within the whole discussion within China, especially mainland and Macau.”
Singapore is slated to announce a further easing of Covid-19 restrictions in mid-July as part of a strategy for reopening the economy that may also include the long-awaited return of leisure travel by the end of the year, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung told the Straits Times.
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