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Hong Kong infected with virus exercises emergency authority to allow Chinese healthcare workers

Hong Kong: The Hong Kong government yesterday exercised urgent authority to help doctors, nurses and other personnel in mainland China fight the outbreak of the spiral coronavirus. Densely populated cities are exposed to the worst waves of COVID in history, with thousands of cases registered daily, and hospitals and governments trying to isolate all infected people in dedicated units. I am working hard.

Hong Kong authorities have followed a zero-corona strategy similar to mainland China and have largely controlled infections during the pandemic. However, when highly infectious variants of Omicron broke through these defenses, they were caught in flat feet and have since increasingly sought help from mainland China.

“Hong Kong is currently facing a very dire epidemic situation that continues to deteriorate rapidly,” the government said in a statement announcing the use of emergency authority. Currently, health care workers in mainland China are not allowed to work in Hong Kong unless they have passed local exams and met licensing regulations.

The emergency authority “exempts certain people or projects from all relevant statutory requirements … to increase Hong Kong’s epidemic control capabilities to contain the fifth wave in a short period of time,” the statement said. The move came after China’s President Xi Jinping last week ordered Hong Kong to take “all necessary steps” to control the outbreak, with Hong Kong as well as the virus in other parts of the world. Indicates that you are not allowed to live.

Allowing mainland doctors to work in Hong Kong has been a source of controversy for many years. Even before the pandemic, proponents argued that it could alleviate the city’s lack of a growing health care system. In the past, local practitioners opposed issues such as language and cultural barriers, but critics dismissed talks such as protected trade principles.
Hong Kong was to function as a semi-autonomous region from China after the territory was restored from British colonial rule in 1997. However, its autonomy has been eroded in recent years as China disrupted the democratic movement.

Manpower “Exhausted”

Hong Kong has recorded more than 62,000 COVID cases in the current wave, compared to just 12,000 cases two years ago. Health experts are afraid that the real numbers are much higher due to the backlog of the test, and people avoid the test for fear of being forced into a quarantine unit if positive.

Over the past two weeks, we’ve talked about parents being away from children and babies who test positive, and older patients lying in Gurney outside the hospital. As of Wednesday, about 1,200 health workers have been infected, according to hospital officials. Authorities Henry Huang told state media Monday that local personnel were “run out” and wanted the mainland government to send doctors and nurses.

Hong Kong has ordered all 7.4 million residents to undergo three compulsory coronavirus tests next month.
China is supporting the construction of a series of isolation units and temporary wards, but it is unclear if they can be built in sufficient time.

Local modeling predicts that by mid-March, 180,000 infections and 100 deaths could occur per day. In recent years, local governments have increasingly resorted to urgent orders. During the 2019 protests, authorities used such authority to ban the wearing of masks. The following year, an emergency order was used to require the mask to be worn during a pandemic.

The City’s Disease Prevention Act is also the host of rigorous social distance measurements and business closure orders that have been invoked to ban public rallies and have been carried out on and off for two years. City leader Carrie Lam defended her approach because of the intensity of her viral crisis. “In such an urgent environment, existing legislation cannot stop us from doing what we need to do,” she said Tuesday. “This is not the spirit of fighting war.” -AFP

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