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Hong Kong hopes to ‘resolve’ COVID flight-ban rule as cases ease

HONG KONG (Reuters) -Hong Kong is looking to resolve a problem over a ban on airlines which bring in COVID-positive passengers as it eases travel curbs that have sealed off the city for two years, its leader said on Wednesday. The government said this week a ban on flights from nine countries – Canada, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Britain, the United States, France, Australia and the Philippines – would be lifted on April 1 but it was not clear if airlines would face a two-week ban if they bring in infected people, as is currently the case. Many residents have not been able to return to the Chinese-ruled city because of a shortage of mandatory quarantine hotels and city leader Carrie Lam suggested in a media briefing more space would be provided.

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