Feb 09, 2022 08:01 PM

Hong Kong Vegetable Prices Surge as Covid Curbs Affect Deliveries

Grocery shoppers at a market in Hong Kong on Feb. 7. Photo: VCG
Grocery shoppers at a market in Hong Kong on Feb. 7. Photo: VCG

Vegetables prices surged in Hong Kong as the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen tightened testing rules for cross-border truck drivers, after five of them tested positive for Covid-19 between Friday and Monday.

The rules including testing and quarantine have cut the supply of vegetables to Hong Kong, which relies heavily on the truckers to bring in fresh vegetables from the mainland every day.

Three of the truckers tested positive (link in Chinese) after returning to Hong Kong, while the other two were detected at the Shenzhen Bay Port and are being isolated and treated in a local hospital designated for Covid-19, according to a Tuesday statement published by Shenzhen’s port office.

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