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Hong Kong Abandoning Key Covid Zero Measures as Cases Surge

  • At-home isolation now allowed; contact tracing put aside
  • China still committed to strategy that sets it apart from U.S.
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Covid Outbreak: Leaving Hong Kong for the Mainland
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One by one, Hong Kong’s government is being forced to move away from key pillars of its strict Covid Zero strategy as a surge in new cases overwhelms the under-prepared health-care system.

Patients with mild cases are no longer sent to hospital or isolation facilities as there’s no space; instead they’re asked to stay home until they test negative with rapid antigen tests -- which people often need to buy themselves.