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Hong Kong leader Lam says city not yet past COVID peak

Hong Kong leader Lam says city not yet past COVID peak

On Saturday, the city of Hong Kong recorded 27,647 new COVID-19 cases, with city leader Carrie Lam stating that the epidemic had not yet reached its apex despite recent daily case counts seeming to have leveled out.

On Saturday, health officials in Hong Kong recorded 27,647 new positive cases, compared to 29,381 new infections on Friday and 31,402 new cases on Thursday. In addition, 198 more fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

“At this point, we are unable to confidently state that we have reached the apex,” Lam said to reporters.

Lam went on to say that fresh food supplies from mainland China had been mostly restored to pre-crisis levels, despite the fact that some shop shelves had been empty in recent weeks due to panic purchasing.

Since the beginning of 2020, the global financial center has registered about 650,000 COVID-19 infections and around 3,500 fatalities, with the vast majority occurring in the last two weeks.

Even while most other big cities learn to live with the virus, Hong Kong, like the rest of China, has chosen a “dynamic zero” policy that aims to contain infections via tight mitigation measures. The rapid spread of the Omicron virus strain has put China’s and Hong Kong’s attitude to the virus to the test.

According to the statistics release Our World in Data, Hong Kong had the highest number of fatalities per million people in the world for the week ending March 9. The majority of them were elderly people who had not been immunized.

According to the China News Agency, a senior Chinese official in charge of Hong Kong affairs, Xia Baolong, who has been assisting in the coordination of Beijing’s response to help Hong Kong contain the outbreak, said the situation was still severe and warned residents to prepare mentally for a “long-term war.”

He went on to say that the government needs to operate in a more specific way and that inter-departmental cooperation needed to be strengthened.

As a response to the comments, Lam said, “I can promise him… that we are putting out every effort to combat this epidemic,” while dismissing claims that the Hong Kong government was not working properly and in harmony to combat the outbreak.

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