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How I entered Hong Kong in the era of the pandemic and lockdowns

A Nikkei reporter recounts airport arrival, virus testing and hotel quarantine

HONG KONG -- A few dozen passengers, including me, disembarked slowly and orderly from a sparsely filled Japan Airlines Boeing 787-9 from Narita Airport on Monday afternoon.

We were greeted at Hong Kong International Airport by official-looking staff wearing masks, face protection shields and medical gowns. Among my numerous trips to this bustling hub, this may very well have been the first time I noticed that ground personnel outnumbered incoming passengers at the arrival gate and the airport's corridors.

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