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Hong Kong Cases Top 52,000, Elderly Vaccine Drive: Virus Update

Passengers check-in for Singapore Airline at Hong Kong International Airport in February. 

Passengers check-in for Singapore Airline at Hong Kong International Airport in February. 

Photographer: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/Getty Images

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Hong Kong reported more than 52,000 confirmed virus cases Friday, as the financial hub grapples with its worst ever outbreak.

The city also announced 136 new deaths, with total fatalities in public hospitals in the current wave now more than 1,300. Most have been elderly people and the virus has spread to more than 750 care homes. Health authorities renewed their plea for those living in facilities to get inoculated and announced measures to boost vaccination rates.