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A top adviser to Hong Kong’s leader is “very optimistic” that the city will reopen to the world within the next year and said shortening COVID-19 quarantines for inbound travelers is the government’s next objective.

“I’m very hopeful as more data shows the omicron variant’s incubation period is actually much shorter, that perhaps we can aim for a shorter quarantine time,” Bernard Chan, a financier and convener of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s advisory Executive Council, said in an interview Wednesday.

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