SF Express halts deliveries from Hong Kong to mainland

What’s new: Chinese logistics giant SF-Express will suspend all deliveries from Hong Kong to the mainland amid a spike in Covid-19 cases on both sides of the border, the company said on Friday.

SF Express did not give a time frame for the suspension. Other postal and courier service providers in Hong Kong have not announced similar measures. SF Express did not respond to a request from Caixin for further details.

The background: Hong Kong is struggling with its fifth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic since the end of December, the worst in the city. More than 634,000 people were infected in the latest outbreak.

Concerns have grown over the spread of infections from Hong Kong to the mainland through people and packages. Over the past week, neighboring Guangdong province reported 605 new infections, including 495 from Hong Kong. Cities like Shanghai and Hangzhou have also reported a spike in imported cases linked to Hong Kong.

Shenzhen’s Luohu district on the border with Hong Kong last month free door hanging international mail and packages for fear that the virus could be transmitted through packages.

The continent is also grappling with the worst spread of Covid since the pandemic began two years ago, forcing authorities in several cities to suspend schools or seal residential complexes. Nearly 1,100 new household infections were reported on Friday, the first time the daily tally hit four figures since 2020.

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