President Xi orders Hong Kong to focus on dealing with Covid-19

President Xi orders Hong Kong to focus on dealing with Covid-19

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Hong Kong leaders that their main mission is to stabilize and control the worsening Covid-19 outbreak. Xi's remarks coincided with the wave of Covid-19 infections in Hong Kong rising rapidly and overwhelming authorities.

According to the newspapers Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao, Xi instructed Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to convey to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam his concerns about the pandemic situation. Including Xi's concern for the local population.

Ummatimes - Hong Kong's health authorities reported a record daily Covid-19 case of 1,619 as of Tuesday (15/2/2022). Hong Kong's daily tally of Covid-19 infections is now more than 20 times from last February. Broadcaster TVB said at least 4,285 new infections were expected to be reported by Wednesday (16/2/2022), more than double the previous record.

Xi said the Hong Kong government should mobilize all forces and resources to take the necessary actions. This includes ensuring the safety and health of the Hong Kong people and ensuring the stability of society.

"Local authorities must strictly implement Xi's instructions," the Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao newspapers said.

The newspaper added that Beijing had established a cooperation mechanism to ensure coordination. Hong Kong has adopted a 'zero coronavirus case' strategy similar to that applied by mainland China. But the speed with which the highly contagious variant of omicron is spreading has overwhelmed authorities.

Dozens of patients were treated in emergency rooms outside the medical center on Tuesday (15/2), as several hospitals were operating at more than 100 percent capacity. In addition, more than 12 infected patients are waiting to get a bed at the hospital.

China will help Hong Kong to increase testing, treatment and quarantine capacity. Including sending antigen rapid test kits, personal protective equipment, and fresh vegetables.

Hong Kong has recorded about 26,000 infections since the start of the pandemic, including more than 200 deaths. Medical experts have warned cases could jump to 28,000 daily by the end of March, amid concerns about a high level of vaccine doubt among the elderly.

The spike in cases occurred when people were tired and tired of undergoing strict restrictions aimed at protecting them from the pandemic. Hong Kong has effectively closed the border for about two years. These restrictions make Hong Kong one of the most isolated major cities in the world.

Hong Kong closed churches, pubs, schools and gyms. Including prohibiting public gatherings of more than two people. Meanwhile restaurant operations are limited to 18.00 pm, and most people work from home.

A number of businesses were forced to close due to ongoing restrictions. Industry executives say the pandemic is causing many businesses to close.