The Education Bureau announced that secondary students will no longer have to take rapid antigen tests (RATs) every day before entering school premises, starting March 1. However, primary, kindergarten, and special school students will have to continue taking RATs until March 15, after which the Bureau will review the measure.

The daily RAT requirement for secondary school students who attend international schools and tutorial schools will also end on March 1.

In June 2022, the Bureau announced that all students and teaching staff had to produce negative RAT results before entering school premises. The measure was cancelled for teaching staff last month, but extended for students until February 28, 2023.

Hong Kong has scrapped most of its anti-Covid restrictions, and most recently ended the vaccination requirement for tourists and isolation period for Covid-19 patients. The only anti-epidemic measures that remain are RATs for anyone who enters hospital or care homes, and the compulsory indoor and outdoor mask-wearing rule.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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