Hong Kong will assess Singapore's new Covid-19 strategy as the two sides try to revive a quarantine-free travel corridor that was initially planned to open last November but has never got off the ground.
"We need to understand more about that new strategy and whether it will have any impact on the arrangements that we have devised," Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at a briefing on Tuesday when asked about the so-called travel bubble.
"The situation on both sides is quite steady, so this is something on which we will be working closely."
As Singapore's vaccination rate improves, it will loosen restrictions on activities such as permitting larger groups to dine out next week, and additional opportunities for tourism may open up in the future. By the time it celebrates National Day on August 9, two-thirds of the country's population of over six million will have been properly vaccinated.
As the campaign progresses, the government's position has altered to one of learning to live with the virus rather than pursuing a "Covid-zero" strategy of eradicating it completely.
Last November, a coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong forced the cancellation of the planned travel bubble. After that, the two parties decided to open it on May 26, only for that plan to fall through as well, this time due to an increase in infections in Singapore..
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