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Mar 09, 2022 08:29 PM
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Hong Kong Needs Mainland’s Help in Fighting Severe Covid Cases, City’s Leader Says

A worker wearing a protective suit walks at a Covid isolation facility on Tuesday in Tsing Yi, Hong Kong. Photo: IC Photo
A worker wearing a protective suit walks at a Covid isolation facility on Tuesday in Tsing Yi, Hong Kong. Photo: IC Photo

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Wednesday that the city needs the Chinese mainland’s help to boost its capacity to treat severe cases, as the city registers the world’s highest Covid-19 death rate amid its worst ever outbreak.

As of Tuesday, more than 520,000 cases had been reported and 2,365 people confirmed dead during Hong Kong’s fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, government data show. Nearly 70% of those who died were people aged over 80, with many unvaccinated, according to a government report (link in Chinese).

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