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Hong Kong extends ban on flights from eight countries, adds Nepal – Metro US

Hong Kong extends ban on flights from eight countries, adds Nepal

FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong International Airport following COVID-19 outbreak
FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong International Airport following COVID-19 outbreak

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong on Friday extended a ban on incoming flights from eight countries, including the United States and Britain, and imposed one on Nepal until March 4, with the government citing concerns over a growing COVID-19 outbreak.

The other countries are Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan and Philippines.

Flights to Hong Kong are down 90% and hardly any are allowed to transit as the financial hub isolates itself from the world in the hope it can contain a coronavirus outbreak, even though new infections are overwhelmingly local transmissions.

(Reporting by Twinnie Siu and Marius Zaharia; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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