Hong Kong bans U.S, UK flights on COVID concern

Incoming flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Britain, and the United States, including interchanges, would be banned from Jan. 8 to Jan 21, said Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam.

The government is also putting a ban on indoor dining after 6:00 P.M (1000 GMT) from Friday (January 7), and will close swimming pools, sports centers, bars and clubs, museums, and other venues for at least two weeks.

Hong Kong recorded 38 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday (January 5), but only one was a local community transmission, while the rest were people who had returned to the city and tested positive during quarantine.