Hong Kong Chief Executive leader Carrie Lam is confident that the city can have better development after the pandemic. Lam made the pronouncement as the global financial hub was seeing a brain drain due to stringent coronavirus containment rules. Lam said no one valued the international status of Hong Kong more than herself, but the government had to adopt pandemic measures to protect residents. She said “streamlining” certain measures, including lifting a ban on flights from nine countries and reducing quarantine times for arrivals from abroad, would help ease concerns about the city's international status. The citywide lockdown and mass testing have triggered an exodus of residents in the past two months. Hong Kong has reported more than 1.1 million coronavirus infections and more than 7,500 deaths, most of them occurring in the past five weeks.
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