HONG KONG: Hong Kong health authorities reported 32,430 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Mar 13), as the city’s leader said her government was trying build capacity to deal with the crisis that has swept through care homes.
Although Chief Executive Carrie Lam said government efforts were improving, she said they had yet to reach everybody in isolation to see whether people needed help.
“With so many people put under isolation or quarantine, the government has been strengthening our capability to support them. However, we’re still catching up,” she told reporters.
Some 300,000 people were isolating at home, she said, as the Omicron variant sweeps across the heavily congested financial hub, overwhelming its health care system and sparking panic buying at some supermarkets.
Health authorities reported 32,430 new positive cases in Hong Kong on Sunday, versus 27,647 new infections on Saturday and 29,381 new infections on Friday. Authorities on Sunday also reported 248 new deaths.
Hong Kong has recorded nearly 700,000 COVID-19 infections and about 3,500 deaths since early 2020 – most of them in the past two weeks. Most of the fatalities are among unvaccinated senior citizens.