People wearing facemasks as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak walk at Shenzhen Bay Port Hong Kong Port Area on Feb 8, 2020. (PHILIP FONG / AFP)
The daily quota of Hong Kong travelers allowed into Shenzhen has been reduced to 1,800 for today, Friday and Saturday, and will drop further to 1,500 on Sunday and 1,000 beginning on Monday.
Several districts in Shenzhen have suspended metro transportation, wholesale markets and indoor entertainment activities
The drop followed a recent COVID-19 outbreak in Shenzhen of the highly contagious Omicron subvariant BA.5. Several districts in the city have suspended metro transportation, wholesale markets and indoor entertainment activities. Students of primary and secondary schools returned to online learning on Sept 1.
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Travelers to Shenzhen from Hong Kong currently need to book quarantined hotels for seven days on a government website. The daily quota was 2,000 before the decrease.
The website shows 40 to 50 quotas still left each day this week as of Thursday morning.