Hong Kong’s cumulative coronavirus infections have exceeded one million as town grapples with a widespread outbreak that has killed extra individuals than the reported COVID-19 deaths in all of mainland China.
Well being officers reported 20,079 confirmed infections on Friday, taking the overall for the reason that begin of the pandemic to 1,016,944.
Almost 97 per cent of these got here from Hong Kong’s present wave, which started in December. Since Feb. 9, practically 5,200 individuals have died from the virus.
The entire variety of deaths in Hong Kong — 5,401 — has exceeded the 4,636 fatalities recorded in mainland China. Mainland authorities have reported 126,234 confirmed circumstances, however in contrast to most international locations, China doesn’t embrace asymptomatic circumstances in its confirmed complete.
Town of seven.4 million is within the grip of an Omicron surge that has strained its health-care system as hospitals reached most capability. Coffins are operating out and mortuaries are so full that our bodies must be quickly saved in refrigerated containers.
A lot of the deceased have been aged sufferers, a majority of whom usually are not absolutely vaccinated.
For many of the pandemic, Hong Kong was capable of stamp out earlier outbreaks with powerful “zero COVID” restrictions that quickly shuttered companies, restricted public gatherings and imposed entry curbs akin to prolonged quarantines for arrivals and flight bans from international locations deemed high-risk.
That modified with the extremely transmissible Omicron variant. Officers have sought help from mainland China, which has despatched specialists and medical assets to assist Hong Kong fight the pandemic.