Hong Kong is gradually reopening its economy as it plans to partly resume transit services at its international airport next week.
The announcement was made by the city’s leader on Tuesday, as the business hub gradually reopens while keeping the coronavirus at bay.
Hong Kong’s airport is rated as one of the world’s busiest. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, arrivals and flights have collapsed.
“Transit services at the airport, which have been suspended since March 25, will partly resume on June 1,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters.
Further details on lifting transit flight restrictions are expected to be revealed at a press conference in the afternoon by health officials.
Hong Kong was one of the first places to record COVID-19 disease when it broke out of mainland China, but had made impressive headway against the virus with a little over 1,000 recorded infections and four deaths out of a population of 7.5 million people.
Tuesday is the 11th consecutive days with no recorded local infections.
No one arriving at the airport is allowed into the city until they take a coronavirus test. Those found to be positive are immediately quarantined.
As part of ways to curtail the spread, the government shut down many businesses including bars were in March and April, but they have since reopened.
Lam further revealed that Karaoke lounges, nightclubs, saunas and party rooms will be allowed to reopen on Friday.