Travel Bubble: As COVID-19 Cases Falls in Hong Kong and Singapore

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Travel Bubble: As COVID-19 Cases Falls in Hong Kong and Singapore
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Hong Kong and Singapore intend to begin an “air travel bubble” that enables citizens to travel within the two Asian centres without the need to be quarantined or prohibitive control rules, governments declared on October 15th.

Free travel has been suspended within the Chinese city, and other Southeast Asian countries for months now.  Since the outbreak of coronavirus, both the country’s government took the call to shut borders and prohibited non-residents from entering, not even for short-term. 

 In Hong Kong, there was a standard rule for the returning residents to be under 14-day quarantine and use an electronic bracelet to trace and track their whereabouts.

But both cities have succeeded in decreasing their coronavirus case count under control and have reported fewer numbers of cases in the preceding months, that is the reason for introducing the travel bubble project while discussing it on Wednesday.

The Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau said that this is a breakthrough in our attempts to recapitulate normalcy. Singapore’s Minister for Transport, Ong Ye Kung said it is a significant move towards making things back to normal. He also added that with this step, they are working on reviving air travel, which can be extended to provide a precedent for future collaboration.

Still, the launch date is yet to be decided for the travel bubble, and details will be shared on the same in the coming week.

Singapore has seen a decline in the daily coronavirus cases since August, and now the daily count has come down to the dozens. Singapore is experiencing stability and has also started relaxing a few restrictions to check the effect and now want to reopen air travel beginning with the Hong Kong travel bubble. It has also partially reopened borders for Indonesia and Malaysia for business travel.