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Hong Kong’s Crematoriums Are Nearly Full After Covid Surge

  • Deaths since start of the pandemic exceed mainland China total
  • City’s future health policy to consider economy: Carrie Lam
Healthcare workers move a patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong, on March 8.
Healthcare workers move a patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong, on March 8.Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong’s crematoriums are straining under the pressure of the world’s highest Covid-19 death rate, as the city closes in on 1 million infections in its current outbreak.

“Our crematoriums are working day and night, and they are already close to their capacity,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at a briefing on Wednesday. “Within such a short period of time, we have seen so many deaths, and that would affect the logistics of funeral matters.”