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Hong Kong in “total combat” against the virus | Goulburn post

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Hong Kong is in an “all-out fight” to contain a surge in coronavirus cases, the city’s number two has said, with the ramping up of community isolation and treatment units aided by construction crews from mainland China. With 6,063 new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday, the government said in a statement that the Kai Tak cruise terminal would be transformed into a dedicated COVID facility with 1,000 beds to alleviate overburdened public hospitals. Hong Kong’s beleaguered leader Carrie Lam, who attended a ground-breaking ceremony at a construction site for nearly 10,000 COVID units in Penny’s Bay, near the city’s Disneyland resort, said the initiatives would strengthen the city’s anti-epidemic capability “in a very short period of time”. In what was seen as a rebuke to Hong Kong authorities’ handling of the spiraling outbreak, Chinese President Xi Jinping said tackling the virus must now be their “primary mission”, in comments published Wednesday in the state-backed Ta Kung Pao newspaper. . Hong Kong’s top civil servant, John Lee, responded in a blog post on Sunday that “the city government has entered a state of all-out combat.” In line with President Xi Jinping’s important instructions, stabilize and control the epidemic as the paramount task.” The global financial center’s “zero-COVID dynamic” policies, mirroring those of mainland China, have contributed to its current woes and are not The city’s public hospitals have been under heavy strain, struggling to cope with an influx of patients, including the elderly, many of whom have resisted vaccinations Health chief Sophia Chan said that the government was considering further tightening social distancing rules.While the city has so far ruled out a citywide lockdown, authorities are reviewing mandatory testing for its 7.4 million residents. China has sent epidemiologists, intensive care experts and more than 100 testing staff to the city, along with mobile testing vehicles, authorities said. irmant that the epidemic could take up to three months to stabilize. The conversion of public housing estates, the rental of commercial hotels and indoor sports centers will add an additional 20,000 units for people who have tested positive for COVID but have had no or mild symptoms of isolation. An election to choose the city’s next leader, originally scheduled for March, has been postponed until May, adding to uncertainty over the future of the former British colony as Beijing imposes its rule. Australian Associated Press