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The collapse of the health system in Hong Kong in the face of a new wave of the Corona virus

Hong Kong (Reuters) – 02/14/2022. 11:57

Hong Kong is overwhelmed by coronavirus cases

  • Daily infections have increased 13 times over the past two weeks in Hong Kong.
  • 100 cases at the beginning of February to more than 1,300 cases on February 13 in Corona.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Hong Kong is mired in an intractable fifth wave of coronavirus cases, although deaths in the China-controlled global financial hub are still far fewer than in cities of a similar size, since the pandemic swept the world two years ago. .

Daily infections have increased 13 times over the past two weeks, from about 100 cases at the beginning of February to more than 1,300 cases on February 13, but the authorities are still trying to control the outbreak. CoronaWith the number of cases rising, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issued a statement on Monday saying her administration would coordinate with Chinese officials to address the “aggravating situation.”

“The onslaught of the fifth wave of the epidemic dealt a heavy blow to Hong Kong and overwhelmed the city’s ability to deal with it,” Lam said, adding that patients had to wait longer to reach isolation facilities.

“The situation is highly undesirable and the government is concerned and sorry about it,” Lam said.

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Overcrowded Hong Kong city despite high number of coronavirus cases / Reuters

On the other hand, China is working to secure resources related to the Corona virus, such as testing and treatment, as well as quarantine facilities and protective equipment.

The city is set to report at least 1,530 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, TVB reported, citing an unidentified source. It will be a new record for daily issues.

The collapse of the health system in Hong Kong in the face of a new wave of the Corona virus

With the health care system already running out of all its capacity, doctors have warned the city could see a surge in infections that could reach 28,000 daily infections by the end of March, with particularly high concern for unvaccinated elderly people. COVID-19 patients are already 90% occupied, while isolation facilities are nearing full capacity.

Despite all the warning about the latest wave of the epidemic, the total number of cases in Hong Kong since the epidemic first broke out has been around 24,000, including more than 200 deaths, lower than many other similar major cities.

Severe restrictions on flights have turned Hong Kong into one of the world’s most isolated major cities with its borders effectively closed for nearly two years.

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