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  • Arnaud Bertrand sur X :
    https://twitter.com/RnaudBertrand/status/1734739006192284140

    Biden again attracting widespread ridicule on Chinese social media for calling Xi Jinping “Deng Xiaoping”, and bizarrely claiming they were chatting “in the Himalayas” even though he didn’t go there with either president.

    In the same speech he also called Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol by the name of his predecessor Moon Jae-in

    Oops. Joe Biden mixes up Chinese leaders, refers to Deng Xiaoping instead of Xi Jinping | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3244818/oops-us-president-joe-biden-mixes-his-chinese-leaders

    #leadership

  • Shidaowan : world’s first fourth-generation nuclear reactor begins commercial operation on China’s east coast | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3244102/shidaowan-worlds-first-4th-generation-nuclear-reactor-begins-commercial-operat

    Reactor at Shidaowan plant in China’s eastern Shandong province is part of global push for safer, more sustainable and efficient nuclear operations
    Joint developer Tsinghua cites ‘inherent safety’, as the ‘core will not melt’ in case of sudden reactor failure or external disturbance

    Pendant ce temps, on répare des cathédrales au plomb comme il y a 2 siècles de cela.

  • China’s new cancer drug Toripalimab is approved in the US but will cost 30 times more | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3243209/cocaine-price-hike-chinas-new-cancer-drug-approved-us-will-cost-30-times-more

    A cancer drug developed by Chinese scientists and recently approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will cost over 30 times more in the United States than in China, with two other Chinese cancer drugs set to experience similar price bumps in the US market.

    Au temps pour le “développement et recherche” comme explication des prix astronomiques des médicaments.

    Arnaud Bertrand sur X :
    https://twitter.com/RnaudBertrand/status/1729842877772218837

    This case is particularly interesting because high drug prices in the US are always sold to the public as “the cost of innovation”, but obviously in this case the innovation happened in China so it’s pretty crystal clear it’s in fact just Americans getting screwed by their healthcare system ...

  • Nasal spray #Covid-19 vaccine co-developed by Hong Kong scientists approved for emergency use in mainland China in ‘historic breakthrough’ | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3202179/nasal-spray-covid-19-vaccine-co-developed-hong-kong-scientists-approved-emerge

    Yuen said the nasal vaccine would serve as a complement to, but not as a replacement for, conventional vaccination.

    #vaccins

  • Hong Kong can only fully reopen borders if Covid-19 vaccination rate improves, finance chief says | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/hong-kong-economy/article/3192122/hong-kong-can-only-fully-reopen-borders-if-citys

    Hong Kong can only fully reopen borders if Covid-19 vaccination rate improves, finance chief says. ‘It has been extremely challenging to strike a balance between curbing the pandemic and facilitating travel, while preserving the economy’, Paul Chan says Pandemic adviser to government predicts infections spread by more transmissible variants will peak in coming week
    Updated: 11:19pm, 11 Sep, 2022
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    Hong Kong can fully reopen to the world only if its Covid-19 vaccination rate improves further, the city’s finance chief has said, crediting effective pandemic control as the “fundamental stabilising force” of the local economy.Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po struck a cautious note on Sunday even as health officials reported the possible start of a downward trend in daily cases, and a pandemic adviser to the government predicted infections spread by more transmissible variants would peak in the coming week.“It has been extremely challenging to strike a balance between curbing the pandemic and facilitating travel, while preserving the economy,” Chan wrote on his official blog. “Only with concerted efforts to further expand the vaccination scheme will we have more leeway to resume international travel, stabilising the economy and restarting the impetus for growth to the greatest extent possible.”
    According to the government, 93 per cent of residents have taken a first vaccine shot, and 91 per cent have received a second, while 74 per cent have completed all three. But the rate for residents aged 80 or above remains just 67 per cent for two shots and a mere 51 per cent for three.
    Authorities have struggled to get those numbers up as infections have rebounded in recent weeks. Health officials on Sunday confirmed 9,033 new cases, of which 129 were imported, and 11 more deaths related to the virus. The city’s Covid-19 tally stood at 1,651,974, with 9,799 fatalities.
    Professor Lau Yu-lung, chair professor of paediatrics at the University of Hong Kong and who advises the government on the pandemic, forecast new infections would crest in the next three to seven days after plateauing at about 10,000 in the past week.The viral load in sewage had also shown signs of flattening, while the number of infected patients being treated in hospital between Thursday and Saturday had declined, he noted.
    “There might be a small rebound after the three-day holiday,” Lau said, adding that as long as residents adhered to social-distancing measures, the public had no cause for concern.
    If the vaccination rate among the elderly and those under five years of age both reached at least 80 per cent, the government might consider laying out a timeline for easing pandemic curbs, he suggested, predicting that could happen in November.The government last week announced the vaccine pass scheme restricting access to most public places would be expanded to require children as young as five be inoculated with at least one jab by September 30 and two shots by the end of November.
    Vaccine pass for kids from 5: what Hong Kong parents should know
    11 Sep 2022. As of Sunday, 2,711 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, including 54 in critical condition and 57 in a serious one. Hospital Authority Chief Manager Dr Larry Lee Lap-yip described the patient numbers as having “stabilised”.But the number of elderly sent to the makeshift treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo continued to rise, Lee noted, adding a plan to increase bed capacity from 240 to 280 after the holiday remained.
    “We dare not to let our guard down because based on our experience, changes, growth or declines in the pandemic can happen rapidly,” he said.
    Reacting to Chan’s blog entry, Travel Industry Council chairwoman Gianna Hsu Wong Mei-lun expressed hope that the government would provide a road map to further relax the “3+4” policy that requires arrivals to spend three days in hotel quarantine and four more monitoring their health at home.“Any quarantine measure is an obstacle to revitalise local tourism”, Hsu said, adding the current administration had always maintained that any easing of the rule would be based on scientific data on infection numbers but stopped short of stating what numbers would be acceptable or how a lower figure could be achieved.“When people travel, they need to tour around and enjoy the food. That’s how travelling should be. But if they have an amber code, even if the quarantine is cut to ‘0+7’ or even ‘0+3’, there is no way you could attract inbound travellers with such restrictions,” she said, referring to the vaccine pass QR code given to travellers upon arrival.
    Ray Chui Man-wai, chairman of the food and beverage industry group Institute of Dining Art, said the strategies the government had adopted to tackle the pandemic were “problematic”, noting the government had failed to set a target vaccination rate.“.
    Separately, authorities also made a change to the English-language version of information for people who tested positive posted on the website of the Centre for Health Protection. It now stated that anyone who tested positive using a rapid antigen test (RAT) “have to” report the results instead of only “can” report them.But Chuang clarified that reporting positive RAT cases was “not yet compulsory by law at the moment”.“[But] we would like the people to report so we don’t want them to feel like it’s optional,” she said.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#sante#honkong#pandemie#vaccination#frontiere#circulation#economie#quarantaine#test

  • New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since Covid-19 pandemic began | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/3188608/new-zealand-welcomes-back-first-cruise-ship-covid-19-pandemic

    New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since Covid-19 pandemic beganThe Pacific Explorer docked in Auckland with about 2,000 guests and crew as part of a 12-day return trip to Fiji that left from Sydney. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash said it is a ‘step closer to resuming business as usual’ after the country lifted all remaining Covid curbs two weeks ago
    Published: 8:59am, 12 Aug, 2022
    New Zealand on Friday welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signalling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation’s tourism industry.New Zealand closed its borders in early 2020 as it sought at first to eliminate Covid-19 entirely and then later to control its spread. Although the country reopened its borders to most tourists arriving by plane in May, it wasn’t until two weeks ago that it lifted all remaining restrictions, including those on maritime arrivals. Many in the cruise industry question why it took so long. The end of restrictions allowed Carnival Australia’s Pacific Explorer cruise ship to dock in Auckland with about 2,000 passengers and crew Friday morning as part of a 12-day return trip to Fiji that left from Sydney.Nash said it would take some time for international tourist numbers and revenues to return to their pre-pandemic levels, when the industry accounted for about 20 per cent of New Zealand’s foreign income and more than 5 per cent of GDP.“I think there’s been many people in the tourism sector who have done it hard over the last two years,” Nash said. “But we’ve always taken an approach where we need to ensure that we get the health response right. Because if we don’t, we know the consequences are dire.”Not everybody is happy with the return of tourists. A sail boat carrying protesters upset about the industry’s impact on the environment followed the Pacific Explorer into the harbour on Friday, before passengers were greeted with an Indigenous Māori welcome and a visit by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#nouvellezelande#tourisme#croisière#sante#pandemie#frontiere#economie

  • La Chine a presque achevé son « palais céleste » en orbite autour de la Terre - Numerama
    https://www.numerama.com/sciences/1050108-la-chine-a-presque-acheve-son-palais-celeste-en-orbite-autour-de-l

    La Chine a réussi à connecter le premier laboratoire à sa station spatiale Tiangong. Un deuxième module doit arriver en octobre. Elle sera alors complète.

    Le « palais céleste » a désormais une « salle » de plus. Depuis le 25 juillet, la station spatiale chinoise Tiangong (« palais céleste » en chinois) accueille en effet un module supplémentaire, baptisé Wentian, qui offre aux actuels trois taïkonautes à bord (deux hommes et une femme) un espace plus volumineux pour vivre, mais aussi travailler. Car Wentian joue le rôle de laboratoire dans lequel les différents équipages pourront mener leurs expériences.

    Il a fallu environ treize heures à Wentian pour rejoindre Tiangong, qui orbite autour de la Terre à un peu moins de 400 kilomètres d’altitude. Le module a quitté la Chine le 24 juillet, grâce à une fusée Longue Marche 5 partie de la base de lancement de Wenchang, située dans l’extrême sud du pays, sur l’île de Hainan. Après son périple de plusieurs heures, il a rejoint avec succès le module central de Tiangong, appelé Tianhe.

    Une station spatiale presque achevée
    Avec cette étape, la Chine a désormais presque achevé l’assemblage de Tiangong. Il ne reste plus qu’un module à déployer, qui est en quelque sorte le jumeau de Wentian : Mengtian. Il s’agira là encore d’un laboratoire. Son lancement est prévu pour le mois d’octobre 2022. Les trois taïkonautes actuellement à bord — Cai Xuzhe, Chen Dong et Liu Yang — seront donc les premiers à opérer dans la version finale de la station, leur mission s’achevant en décembre.

    Pour le programme spatial chinois, 2022 restera de facto comme une grande année avec l’achèvement de la station spatiale Tiangong. Si elle reste d’une taille bien plus modeste que l’ISS (Tiangong a des dimensions spatiales semblables à l’ancienne station spatiale soviétique Mir), la structure orbitale constitue une démonstration éclatante des progrès considérables de l’Empire du Milieu dans la conquête spatiale.

    • On notera que la presse occidentale met surtout l’accent sur le retour non contrôlé du lanceur que sur l’avancement de la station spatiale.

      Pour le retour :

      Une fusée chinoise Longue Marche-5B s’est désintégrée au-dessus de l’océan Indien
      https://www.latribune.fr/economie/international/une-fusee-chinoise-longue-marche-5b-s-est-desintegree-au-dessus-de-l-ocean

      Un segment de la fusée spatiale chinoise lancée dimanche dernier a fait son retour non contrôlé dans l’atmosphère ce samedi et s’est désintégré au-dessus de l’océan Indien. Cette fusée n’a pas été conçue pour contrôler sa descente d’orbite. En 2020, des débris d’une autre fusée de ce type s’étaient écrasés sur des villages en Côte d’Ivoire, provoquant des dégâts, mais sans faire de blessés.

      Dans un communiqué publié sur son profil officiel WeChat, l’Agence spatiale chinoise a donné les coordonnées de l’impact : dans la mer de Sulu, à environ 57 kilomètres au large de la côte Est de l’île de Palawan aux Philippines.

      « La plupart de ses dispositifs ont été détruits » pendant la descente, a déclaré l’agence au sujet de la fusée d’appoint, qui a été utilisée dimanche dernier pour lancer le deuxième des trois modules dont la Chine avait besoin pour compléter sa nouvelle station spatiale Tiangong, qui devrait être pleinement opérationnelle d’ici la fin de l’année.

      L’agence spatiale malaisienne a pour sa part dit avoir détecté des débris de la fusée en train de brûler avant de tomber dans la mer de Sulu, au nord-est de l’île de Bornéo.

      « Les débris de la fusée ont pris feu en entrant dans l’espace aérien terrestre et le mouvement des débris en feu a également traversé l’espace aérien malaisien et a pu être détecté dans plusieurs zones, notamment en traversant l’espace aérien autour de l’État du Sarawak », a-t-elle détaillé.

      Uncontrolled Chinese rocket fragments seen in Malaysia : ’We thought it was a shooting star’
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwnRSQoftjU

    • Pourquoi le chinois est-il la seule langue utilisée dans la station spatiale chinoise ?
      http://french.peopledaily.com.cn/n3/2022/0729/c31357-10129142.html

      […]
      Un autre utilisateur a déclaré : « Les États-Unis ont banni la Chine de la station spatiale "internationale" et maintenant vous vous attendez à ce que la Chine utilise une langue occidentale dans sa propre station spatiale ? »

      « Il n’y a aucune raison pour laquelle le mandarin, ne puisse pas être utilisé en dehors de la Chine, comme l’anglais est utilisé en dehors des pays anglophones », a pour sa part souligné un utilisateur nommé Richard Kerr2815, qui a autrefois travaillé pour Medical Group Business Services à l’Université de Californie.
      […]
      Les discussions animées ont soulevé une autre question : que feraient les astronautes étrangers s’ils voulaient aller dans la station spatiale chinoise ?

      Le développement aérospatial de la Chine est ouvert et inclusif, et la Chine espère que des astronautes étrangers travailleront dans la station spatiale chinoise, a déclaré Qi Faren, membre de l’Académie d’Ingénierie de Chine et premier concepteur en chef du vaisseau spatial Shenzhou, en décembre 2021.

      La semaine dernière, Tricia L. Larose a annoncé sur Twitter qu’elle embarquerait à bord de la station spatiale chinoise pour une mission de 31 jours. Mme Larose et son équipe mettent en œuvre un programme multi-européen de recherche sur les tumeurs, et l’étape finale consiste à tester leur théorie dans la station spatiale. Elle s’entraîne actuellement et devrait monter à bord de la station spatiale en 2025-2026.

    • Canadian cancer scientist hoping for role on China’s Tiangong Space Station | South China Morning Post
      https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3186816/canadian-cancer-scientist-hoping-role-chinas-tiangong-space


      Tricia Larose has shared images of her spacesuit training online. Photo: Twitter

      • Medical researcher Tricia Larose posted on Twitter that she would ‘happily’ take part in a mission following the launch of the Wentian laboratory module
      • Three years ago her cancer research project was selected as one of the experiments to be carried out in space

      sur l’oiseau bleu
      Dr. Tricia L Larose @TricLarose
      https://twitter.com/TricLarose

  • Japan sees fewer foreign visitors even after opening border to tourists | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3185950/japan-sees-fewer-foreign-visitors-even-after-opening-border

    Japan sees fewer foreign visitors even after opening border to tourists
    The number of foreign arrivals was 120,400 compared with 147,000 in May – visitors in June were down 96 per cent compared with three years ago
    The country began accepting tourists on June 10, doubling the daily entry limit to 20,000 – most came from Vietnam, followed by China, then South Korea. Foreign visitors to Japan fell in June from the previous month, even after the country began taking steps to reopen its borders to tourists for the first time in more than two years.The total number of foreign arrivals was 120,400 compared with 147,000 in May, according to data released from the Japan National Tourism Organisation on Wednesday. Japan officially began accepting tourists on June 10, doubling the daily entry limit to 20,000 visitors.While the tally doesn’t provide a breakdown on the types of visitors, the decline suggests Japan isn’t seeing a flood of tourists even as a weaker yen makes visits more affordable.Tourists are still limited to group tours with strict controls – including mandatory mask-wearing, temperature checks and limited free movement – appearing to be making it difficult to plan for and attract visitors.Japan is facing its 7th Covid wave, but the tourism industry’s not worried. The biggest number of visitors came from Vietnam, followed by China, then South Korea.Before the pandemic, Japan was at the peak of a tourism boom, with inbound visitors reaching a record in 2019. Now, the island nation is one of the last remaining rich economies with strict border controls. Visitors in June were down 96 per cent compared with the same month three years ago.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#japon#sante#tourisme#frontiere#controlesanitaire

  • Covid-19 patients under home quarantine to wear tracking wristbands from July 15, Hong Kong health minister says; city logs 2,863 infections | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3184846/coronavirus-hong-kong-covid-19-app-update-will

    Covid-19 patients under home quarantine to wear tracking wristbands from July 15, Hong Kong health minister says; city logs 2,863 infections
    Health chief Professor Lo Chung-mau also says government is studying to turn part of seven-day hotel quarantine into home isolation. Lo earlier unveiled plans for online bookings for Covid tests for travellers heading to mainland China.All Covid-19 patients under home quarantine will be required to wear tracking wristbands starting from Friday, Hong Kong’s health minister has announced, while revealing the government is preparing for a worst-case scenario as infection numbers rebound.The new plans came as the city recorded 2,863 cases, including 252 imported ones. Seven additional deaths were reported. Hong Kong’s overall coronavirus tally stands at 1,273,663 infections, with 9,419 related fatalities.Secretary of Health Professor Lo Chung-mau also said the government was studying to turn part of the seven-day hotel quarantine for arrivals from overseas into home isolation, to be conducted in a closed-loop arrangement.Lo announced the measures hours after he unveiled plans to allow online bookings for Covid-19 tests for travellers heading to mainland China via the Shenzhen Bay Port and expand the screening quota, apologising for long queues after people earlier swamped the border crossing.To tackle a backlog of nucleic acid tests at the border checkpoint, Lo said a booking system would be able to process 400 people per hour, with a peak of 500. He said the maximum daily capacity for tests would be raised to 2,500 from 1,300 with the company conducting them more than doubling screening machines from 23 to 47.“On Sunday morning, within three hours, about 1,200 people were crossing at the same time, so this created long queues,” Lo said. Shenzhen Bay Port, one of just two land passenger crossings that remain open amid the pandemic, was packed with crowds over the weekend after the Guangdong provincial city boosted the number of quarantine hotel rooms by 700 to 2,000 a day and added more spots for those in need.Earlier in the day, Lo shed some light on planned updates to the “Leave Home Safe” app, saying the aim was to enforce quarantine orders for those at home, adding that currently there was no way to ensure infected residents could not visit high-risk locations such as restaurants, hospitals and care homes.
    Lo, who first revealed officials were considering adjusting the “Leave Home Safe” app to require real-name registration a day earlier, stressed authorities were primarily considering a red health code for those who were found to be positive in nucleic acid tests, while real-name registration would make it easier to quarantine those infected.He also said a yellow health code, for example, could be used for overseas arrivals who were quarantining at home, as potentially they could be infected with Covid-19.
    “These are people who shouldn’t enter high-risk locations but can go to work point to point,” he said. Macau closes the Grand Lisboa, the first casino shuttered in the Covid-19 pandemicThe mainland uses a three-colour system, which indicates a person’s Covid-19 status via QR codes.
    The mainland’s health code app is used to track and contain patients by providing central authorities with user data such as locations, times and personal interactions.The QR codes generated follow a traffic-light system, with the colours affecting where residents can go and how they are treated: a green code declares a resident has not been exposed to any potential cases or risky areas, while yellow and red codes mean they are of higher risk.In December last year, Hong Kong launched a health code system which is built into the “Leave Home Safe” app and compatible with the mainland’s for people who travel across the border.The new health secretary on Monday addressed concerns that the planned updates would allow people’s movements to be traced, saying their main purpose was to identify high-risk individuals and not “track” them down.Some technology experts noted the “Leave Home Safe” app already contained certain personal details such as vaccine records, which included the user’ name and Hong Kong identity card number.While Lo did not give any more details about the planned update, he said the government was now looking at how to define which cases fell under red, yellow or green codes.‘Faster, daily Covid PCR tests could replace Hong Kong hotel quarantine’
    9 Jul 2022 He also did not give a timetable for the change, but said authorities hoped to bring them in as soon as possible, with the government already looking at how to make the updates. University of Hong Kong microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung told the same programme the government’s goals of minimising infected people’s mobility could theoretically be achieved by suspending their vaccine pass, as it was needed to enter any high-risk venues and operators were required to scan it.
    He also said he believed contact tracing should not be the city’s main concern right now. That was because of the large number of infections and a relatively high percentage of cases of unknown origin in the community.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#hongkong#chine#zerocovid#depistage#passevaccinal#QRCode#hotel#quarantaine#casimporte#testPCR#vaccination#mobilite#frontiere

  • Hong Kong residents crossing border at Shenzhen Bay Port can soon book Covid-19 tests online as eager travellers throng checkpoint | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/3184784/hong-kong-residents-crossing-border-shenzhen-bay-port-can-soon-book

    Hong Kong residents crossing border at Shenzhen Bay Port can soon book Covid-19 tests online as eager travellers throng checkpoint.New system is aimed at easing crowding at the crossing point as travellers head to mainland China. Traffic has intensified after the Shenzhen government increased quota of quarantine hotel rooms
    Hong Kong is set to allow travellers heading to mainland China through Shenzhen Bay Port to book Covid-19 tests online as residents continue to swamp the checkpoint and ignore the government’s advice to delay trips over the border.Shenzhen authorities also announced on Sunday a new measure to crack down on scalping of quarantine hotel rooms by allocating them through drawing lots following discussions with the Hong Kong government.Shenzhen Bay Port, one of just two land passenger crossings that remain open amid the pandemic, has been packed with crowds in the morning over the weekend after the Guangdong provincial city boosted the number of quarantine hotel rooms by 700 to 2,000 a day and added additional spots for those in need.
    As seen during a Post visit on Sunday, queues snaked outside the checkpoint as hundreds of travellers from Hong Kong waited to undergo the required nucleic acid test before crossing.Planning to visit his relatives on the mainland, Yuen said the Shenzhen government should have made more quarantine hotel rooms available.The 2,000 a day is definitely not enough,” he said. “Residents need to go to Shenzhen. But the issue of quarantine hotel rooms should be addressed first. I was lucky to lock in my booking early on.”Alan Wong, a 49-year-old construction company manager, was unable to book a quarantine hotel room in Shenzhen and his company paid a scalper 2,300 yuan (US$293) to secure a reservation one week in advance.
    Wong said that while it was fairer to use the quota system, the chances of failing to get a hotel room created too many uncertainties for people who needed to do business.“It’s just like waiting for the results of the Mark Six or a Home Ownership Scheme ballot. You’ll never know until the last minute,” Wong said.Secretary for Health Dr Lo Chung-mau visited the checkpoint in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, Lo explained in a TV interview that quarantine-free travel with the mainland remained unfeasible at the moment, as allowing it would require a significant change to the nation’s anti-pandemic policies. Lo added that Hong Kong residents needed to follow the mainland’s requirements when travelling there.
    ‘Faster, daily Covid PCR tests could replace Hong Kong hotel quarantine’
    9 Jul 2022
    A Hong Kong government spokesman said travellers would need to wait for about three hours to receive their Covid-19 test result at the control point and urged them to cross the boundary in the afternoon to avoid the morning rush.Under the coming booking arrangement, which is expected to be ready in a week, travellers must obtain a spot at a Shenzhen quarantine hotel and reserve a time for the Covid-19 test at the border crossing on the day of departure.Hongkongers hoping to travel across the border previously needed to book a room at a quarantine hotel through a government website on a first-come, first-served basis. But to combat the scalping, the Shenzhen government would allocate rooms to travellers by drawing lots, taking into consideration supply and demand, as well as the travel history of the applicant, authorities said. A traveller can only make one booking for the same date and results will be announced at 8pm daily.Society for Community Organisation deputy director Sze Lai-shan said: “The problem now is not much about online booking or queuing at the control point, but more about insufficient hotel rooms for quarantine on the Shenzhen side.
    “The online booking thing is a crowd management measure. It does not mean more people can go to the mainland unless the Shenzhen side makes more quarantine hotel rooms available to meet demand.”Legislator Edward Leung Hei, of the Beijing-friendly Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, urged the government to increase shuttle bus services for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge to allow more visitors to enter the mainland using that access point.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#hongkong#chine#shenzen#frontiere#circulationtransfrontalière#quarantaine#hotel#sante

  • Hong Kong considers Covid health code system similar to mainland China, city logs 2,992 infections | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3184763/hong-kong-mulls-coronavirus-code-system-similar

    Hong Kong considers Covid health code system similar to mainland China, city logs 2,992 infections. Secretary for Health Dr Lo Chung-mau says proposed measure would prevent freedoms of uninfected residents from being affected by Covid-positive people. Lack of protection of individual privacy and sensitive information with code remains concern among public, says Democratic Party spokesman Ramon Yuen
    Hong Kong may adjust its Covid-19 app to require real-name registration as mainland China does to ensure residents subject to compulsory testing orders avoid entering high-risk areas, the city’s new health minister has said. But Secretary for Health Dr Lo Chung-mau on Sunday brushed aside concerns that the proposed measure would be unpopular with Hongkongers, arguing it would enhance the freedoms of uninfected residents. Lo said the measure was justified, given the government was seeking to avoid tightening social-distancing measures.“[If] we can’t find infected people or can’t quarantine them on time, we end up ‘quarantining’ people who are negative. We hope we don’t have to do this,” he said.
    Health officials on Sunday reported 2,992 new Covid-19 cases, including 219 imported ones, and two additional deaths. The city’s overall coronavirus tally stands at 1,270,800 infections and 9,412 related fatalities.
    Commissioner of Customs and Excise Louise Ho Pui-shan was placed under quarantine after one of her colleagues tested preliminary-positive, although her own test came back negative. Meanwhile, the health minister said there were limitations to the city’s “Leave Home Safe” contact-tracing app, which could not prevent coronavirus-positive people from accessing public areas or inform residents they were entering high-risk locations. While he noted that adding a tracking function was “not the first thing to do”, Lo said he believed it was more important for residents to register their real names to use the app.“[The app] is currently limited to telling whether a person is considered to be high-risk, and that they are not supposed to go to higher-risk areas before they do PCR [polymerase chain reaction] testing,” he said.
    Lo added that the current compulsory testing order, despite its name, had “no coercive means at all”, making it unfair for residents as high-risk people could still roam around the city without detection.
    When asked whether the potential measure could have any similarities to the health code systems used by Macau and the mainland, Lo replied that the Hong Kong government had taken both into consideration as a part of the proposal.The mainland’s health code app is used to track and contain Covid-19 patients by providing central authorities with user data such as locations, times and personal interactions.The QR codes generally follow a traffic-light system, with the colours affecting where residents can go and how they are treated: a green code declares a resident has not been exposed to any potential cases or risky areas, while yellow and red codes mean they are of higher risk.Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said she had no comment about Lo’s proposal and that the government would make relevant announcements when it was ready.But she acknowledged the contact-tracing app had limitations and said there were no estimate on the number of infected people who had not reported their positive case to authorities.Although the app had residents’ phone numbers, authorities could still face difficulties in reaching some people for contact-tracing purposes if they did not answer the calls, Chuang said.The centre also had to rely on other government departments to obtain residents’ vaccine pass information whenever there was an outbreak, as it did not have access to such details, she added.She said the centre did not have any information on the number of visitors at particular premises if no infections were reported there.“Macau adopted the mainland-like code system but still suffered an outbreak recently. After all, measures on social distancing and quarantine are still key to controlling the spread, especially in cities that have not reached herd immunity,” he said.Leung added that the proportion of the population in both cities that was immune to the virus due to vaccination or prior infection was still low compared with other places. If Hong Kong implemented the mainland’s app functions, it was crucial to reduce the time needed to synchronise the compulsory testing orders with residents’ phones, otherwise it would be futile if there were delays that lasted for days, he added.Ramon Yuen Hoi-man, the Democratic Party’s healthcare policy spokesman, said the lack of protection of individual privacy and sensitive information with the code system remained a concern among the public.He added that he was worried about the implications of introducing new restrictive measures after the fifth wave of infections had already subsided.“Overseas research has shown that stringent Covid-19 measures have been unfavourable to social harmony and unity. Is this something the new government really hopes to pursue?” he said.Medical and health services lawmaker Dr David Lam Tzit-yuen said privacy issues were not a concern as long as authorities were restricted to tracking a person’s identity and other personal information only if they were deemed to be at risk.“[The code system] is the way to go for better protecting the community. Privacy issues, which could be solved by the right algorithms, should not trump safety of others,” he said.Health minister Lo also said he planned to increase the frequency of PCR tests and require high-risk people, such as employees of nursing homes, to undergo such screening once a week, on top of rapid antigen tests, before increasing it to twice a week or every 48 hours.The new administration led by Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu has repeatedly stressed the importance of using PCR tests at an earlier stage more effectively, which it said would exclude people who were not infected from tough restrictions.

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  • China eases Covid entry restriction to allow transit via third country | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3183901/china-eases-covid-entry-restriction-allow-transit-third-country

    China eases Covid entry restriction to allow transit via third country
    A notice from the Chinese embassy in the US says travellers can now get health codes needed to board flights when travelling to China via third countries. News is likely to reduce burden on businesses and follows a move to reduce quarantine requirements earlier this week
    He HuifengUpdated: 7:30pm, 2 Jul, 2022
    China is preparing to further relax its entry requirements, allowing international arrivals to transit via a third country.According to a notice published on Friday on the website of the Chinese embassy in the United States, from July 1 the embassy will issue a health code for passengers who fly from the US and enter via a third country, or who transit through America.

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  • Japan eases borders for tourists but worries about foreign ‘bad manners’ triggering coronavirus | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3179728/japan-eases-borders-tourists-worries-about-foreign-bad-manners

    Japan eases borders for tourists but worries about foreign ‘bad manners’ triggering coronavirus. Relaxing strict Covid measures took months of pressure from travel trade because government feared public backlash if infections spiked. There are concerns visitors who don’t wear masks or use hand sanitiser could spread infections again; against backdrop of economic woes
    Published: 6:03pm, 30 May, 2022
    Japan’s easing of a two-year ban on foreign tourists seeks to balance the enormous economic importance of tourism with concerns that travellers would trigger a Covid outbreak, insiders say.The decision means Japan will allow in a limited number of foreign tourists on package tours starting June 10. Last week a few “test tours”, mainly of overseas travel agents, started to arrive

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  • Coronavirus: Japan test tour by 4 Thai people cancelled after Covid infection | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3179862/coronavirus-japan-test-tour-4-thai-people-cancelled-after-covid

    Coronavirus: Japan test tour by 4 Thai people cancelled after Covid infection. The traveller was in Oita when his or her infection was confirmed on Monday; three other close contacts have all tested negative and are isolating in a hotel. The small-scale test tour was part of the government’s programme for when Japan continues easing Covid-19 border controls and accepts foreign tourists in Jun
    Published: 5:05pm, 31 May, 2022
    A test tour for inbound travellers in Japan has been cancelled after one of four Thais taking part tested positive for the coronavirus, Japan’s tourism agency has said.The traveller was in the southwestern prefecture of Oita when his or her infection was confirmed on Monday. The three other participants were deemed close contacts but have all tested negative. They are currently isolating in a hotel, the agency said. The route of the infection is unknown

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  • Japan to start reopening to foreign tourists from June 10; package tours to two airports | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3179324/japan-start-reopening-foreign-tourists-june-10-package-tours

    Japan to start reopening to foreign tourists from June 10; package tours to two airportsWill begin with the admission of tourists on guided package tours, allowing international flights to New Chitose airport in Hokkaido and Naha airport in Okinaw Already announced it will double its cap on arrivals from overseas to 20,000 a day starting next month, though it remains far below pre-pandemic levels
    Published: 8:34pm, 26 May, 2022
    Japan is set to allow in some package-tour tourists from overseas starting June 10, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday, ending a ban that was introduced about two years ago as part of the country’s virus control programme.“Active exchanges between people are the foundation of the economy and society,” Kishida said in a speech at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo. “From the 10th of next month we will restart the admission of tourists on guided package tours.”He added that preparations would begin to allow international flights to land at New Chitose airport in Hokkaido and Naha airport in Okinawa starting in June.

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  • Coronavirus: Japan to ease Covid border controls in June allowing for more overseas arrivals | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3178568/coronavirus-japan-ease-covid-border-controls-june-allowing-more

    Coronavirus: Japan to ease Covid border controls in June allowing for more overseas arrivals. Those arriving from about 80 per cent of countries and regions will no longer be required to take virus tests on arrival or undergo quarantine Japan effectively closed its doors to non-resident foreign nationals to prevent a surge in infections driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant
    Japan will relax its Covid border restrictions from June 1, including by doubling its daily cap on the number of international arrivals allowed to 20,000, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Friday.
    The government will also ease Covid-19 testing and quarantine rules for people arriving in Japan, dividing countries and regions into three groups according to the infection situation.Travellers from the lowest-risk “blue” group will be exempt from testing upon arrival in Japan and quarantining at home, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a press conference. They will still need to show a pre-departure negative test result.
    Travel sector ‘very happy’ as Japan reopens to tours from 4 countries
    17 May 2022Around 80 per cent of entrants are likely to be from countries and regions that fall into that group, Matsuno said, adding that the breakdowns will be announced next week.People arriving from countries and regions placed in the highest-risk “red” group will be asked to take Covid-19 tests when they enter Japan and stay for three days at quarantine facilities.Those in the remaining “yellow” group need to be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival and stay for three days at home or quarantine facilities, according to the government. But this does not apply to people who have received their third vaccine dose.“We believe [the review] will make the entry of visitors smooth,” he said.
    Ski resorts in Japan bankrupted by Covid-19 ban on arrivals from overseas
    28 Feb 2022Matsuno did not specify when Japan will start accepting foreign tourists again, saying only that preparations are under way to do so.Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said his government will further relax border controls to bring them in line with other Group of Seven nations in June.
    The review comes as Japan has seen the infection situation stabilise in recent weeks. The government changed its stance on masks, saying Friday that wearing them when outdoors is not always necessary, provided people are not conversing.The number of Covid-19 cases in Japan has been lower than in other G7 members such as Britain, Germany, France and the United States, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.Japan effectively closed its doors to non-resident foreign nationals to prevent a surge in infections driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus late last year. The measure drew criticism at home and abroad that it was too strict.In recent months, the government has gradually increased the number of people allowed to enter Japan in stages, with the current daily cap at 10,000.Japan has already said it would allow small groups of tourists on package tours to visit on a trial basis starting this month.

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  • Coronavirus: Singapore citizens dashing to apply for passports as borders reopen | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3177758/coronavirus-singapore-citizens-dashing-apply-passports

    Coronavirus: Singapore citizens dashing to apply for passports as borders reopen. The number of passport applications has spiked to more than 7,000 a day, peaking at 14,000 – that compares with about 2,000 a day before the pandemic
    Published: 3:30pm, 14 May, 2022
    The number of passport applications has spiked to more than 7,000 a day, peaking at 14,000, according to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, which described the surge as “overwhelming.” That compares with about 2,000 a day before the pandemic, the ICA said. The average wait for processing now is at least six weeks from the application time, it said.
    Asia’s popular tourist destinations from Japan to Thailand are moving to reopen their borders, welcoming back tourists after the latest Covid-19 variant omicron proved to be mild compared to its deadly predecessors. Singapore, itself a well-known attraction, removed pre-departure testing requirements for fully-inoculated visitors from all countries last month.
    Local media reported long, snaking queues at the ICA building where applicants waited for hours to collect their travel documents. “I have a backache now” from standing in line, researcher Ad Maulod was quoted by Channel News Asia as saying while he waited three hours to collect his passport for a trip to Malaysia. The ICA has deployed more resources to process the applications and expanded the queuing areas to cope with large crowds, it said in a statement published earlier this week. “We are doing our best to handle the high demand and our officers are working longer hours during this period,” the government agency said. For two years, more than five millions of Singapore’s residents were stuck on the island with the land area of some 730 square kilometres, or about a quarter the size of Rhode Island, the United States’ smallest state. Business travel, contrary to some expectations in the thick of the pandemic, is coming back. While bookings may not have reached pre-Covid levels, there’s mounting evidence of a rebound, the strength of which is taking some by surprise.
    United Airlines Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Officer Scott Kirby said last month that corporate travel is recovering so rapidly, it “makes us feel really, really confident.” Keith Tan, CEO of the Singapore Tourism Board, said “rumours about the decline of business travel are greatly exaggerated,” while Virgin Australia head Jayne Hrdlicka said there’s a “push to reinvest in relationships.”Bloomberg spoke to three of the world’s top corporate travel managers – American Express Global Business Travel Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Crawley, Ben Wedlock, senior vice-president of global sales for Asia-Pacific at BCD Travel, and FCM Travel Solutions’ managing director for Asia, Bertrand Saillet. (...).”

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