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Feb 18, 2022 — Thousands Fleeing to Mainland China as Hong Kong Outbreak Widens · People are turning to scalpers for mainland quarantine spots · China is largely ..
Chinese officials are also fearful the influx of people fleeing Hong Kong will bring cases to the mainland and have tightened measures around the southern border. All flights from Zhuhai -- which has a crossing with Hong Kong -- to Beijing have been suspended to prevent infections from spreading.
Since January, Shenzhen has made arrivals from Hong Kong undertake 14 days of hotel quarantine plus seven days home isolation, up from a previous policy of a week in a hotel and a week at home.
But the onerous rules are doing little to deter people. Quarantine hotel rooms in Shenzhen and Zhuhai are in such high demand that travelers are turning to scalpers to help secure bookings, a finance industry worker told Bloomberg News, asking not to be identified due to privacy concerns.
The person plans to return to the mainland next week out of concern that a lockdown will take away business opportunities in Hong Kong, and also for his child’s safety.
Others are looking to less legal means. Shanghai police are investigating a Chinese citizen who tested positive for Covid after allegedly entering illegally from Hong Kong.
Authorities in southern Chinese cities including Zhuhai, Dongguan and Huizhou are offering cash rewards of as much as 500,000 yuan ($79,000) to anyone who provides information about people illegally entering the mainland, which is occurring mainly by boat, state-run Yangcheng Evening News reported on Thursday, citing police circulars.