hong kong: Hong Kong steps up isolation facilities, including at cruise terminal to fight Covid

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HONG KONG: As Hong Kong battles a rise in coronavirus cases, city authorities said they were stepping up the provision of community isolation and treatment units aided by mainland construction crews, including the redevelopment of a cruise terminal.
With 6,063 new Covid-19 cases reported on Saturday, the government said in a statement on Saturday that the Kai Tak cruise terminal would be turned 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 10,000-unit Covid-19 construction site in Penny’s Bay, near the city’s Disneyland resort, said she hoped the initiatives would “dramatically improve” the financial hub’s fight against the outbreak. capacity.
“We are in a critical situation in the midst of this smokeless battle,” Lam said in a statement.
Some experts and critics say Hong Kong’s “dynamic zero-Covid” policies, mirroring those of mainland China, have contributed to the current woes and are unsustainable, experts say.
China has sent medical personnel and equipment, including mobile testing units, to Hong Kong to help, with authorities saying the outbreak could take up to three months to stabilize.
The election of the chief executive, originally scheduled for March, will be postponed until May, adding to uncertainty over the future of the former British colony as Beijing imposes its rule.
(Reporting by James Pomfret and Hong Kong Newsroom; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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