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Hong Kong turns to Chinese medics to help fight Covid

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.
The densely populated metropolis is on the verge of the worst Covid wave in history, with thousands of cases registered daily. This is an overwhelming effort by hospitals and governments to isolate all infected individuals in dedicated units.
Hong Kong authorities have followed a zero-corona strategy similar to mainland China, which has largely stopped infections throughout the pandemic.
However, when the highly infectious variants of Omicron broke through these defenses, they were caught in flat feet and have been increasingly seeking help from the mainland ever since. “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, mainland healthcare professionals are not permitted 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, like many other parts of the world, will make Hong Kong live with the virus after China’s President Xi Jinping ordered Hong Kong to take “all necessary steps” to control the outbreak last week. Showed that it is not allowed.
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 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.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/710591/Hong-Kong-turns-to-China-medics-to-help-fight-Covi Hong Kong turns to Chinese medics to help fight Covid

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