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Hong Kong on track to ditch dreaded hotel quarantine: sources

Announcement expected before October policy address to ease city's economic woes

Travelers line up for shuttle buses to quarantine hotels at Hong Kong International Airport.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong is on track to announce the end of its much-loathed hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals, according to people familiar with the discussions, in a move that could ease the financial hub's economic woes.

Sources said the plan would likely be unveiled this month and before a policy address on Oct. 19 to provide a "road map" for the city ahead of November's Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament and an international banking conference after a growing outcry from politicians and business chambers.

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