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Hong Kong Reopens Major Covid Site as Cases Hit Four-Month High

  • Asia World Expo will provide an additional 200 beds next week
  • Rise in infections is being fueled by transmissible substrains
The Covid-19 set up at the Asia World Expo (AWE) in Hong Kong.

The Covid-19 set up at the Asia World Expo (AWE) in Hong Kong.

Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

Hong Kong will reopen one of its biggest Covid-19 isolation facilities as case numbers hit the highest in more than four months, putting strain on the hospital system and sparking uncertainty around whether the city can further ease virus policies.

Officials will have an additional 200 beds at Asia World Expo starting next week, with 100 health care workers to staff the facility, Lau Ka-hin, chief manager of quality and standards at the Hospital Authority, said at a briefing on Friday. It’s part of a new stage of Covid management to alleviate pressure on the health-care system. Non-emergency services at hospitals will also be further reduced in order to free up beds and manpower, he said.