Asia, Save China, Is Finally Lifting Its Last Pandemic Rules

(Bloomberg) -- Asia, the region that has fought the pandemic the longest and with the most stringent restrictions, is moving on -- with one major exception. Most Read

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countries from Japan to Thailand have eliminated mask mandates and opened their borders to tourists. In Hong Kong, officials announced on Friday that the city will scrap its

longstanding quarantine policy, marking a clear break with China’s Covid Zero strategy, which has left the world’s second-largest economy more isolated than

ever. Governments outside of Beijing hope that easing restrictions will restore life to economies battered by more than two years of lockdowns. In Singapore, which lifted

almost all virus curbs in August, hotel prices are at a 10-year high. Singapore Roars Back to Life As Hotel Prices Reach 10-Year High In Malaysia, which lifted many of

its virus controls in May, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Asian countries have been more risk averse because of social conservatism and relatively slower deployment of

vaccines. Making decisions about rule changes required balancing scientific guidance with people’s tolerance for living with the virus, he said.