Jun 02, 2022 05:20 AM

Hong Kong Backpedals on Home Quarantine as Variants Flare

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong is reviving one of its toughest “zero-Covid” measures, forcing patients with even mild infections caused by the new omicron subvariants and their close contacts into centralized quarantine to tame any spread.

People with subvariants including BA.2.12.1 who aren’t severely sick as well as their close contacts will be sent to facilities like Penny’s Bay as officials try to ringfence their spread. The rule has been enforced for all 34 people with the newest forms of the virus in the city thus far, officials said, including at least two families linked to a cluster at a Canadian school who argued that their living situations were suitable for home isolation.

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