Hong Kong third wave: China’s top health body pledges to support Covid-19 fight as city confirms another record-high 123 infections

Hong Kong third wave: China’s top health body pledges to support Covid-19 fight as city confirms another record-high 123 infections

  • China’s National Health Commission says it will give Hong Kong ‘all necessary support’ in its coronavirus fight as the crisis escalates
  • Some 115 of Friday’s 123 cases were local, 62 of which were linked to previous infections while 53 were from unknown sources

China’s cabinet-level health policymaker pledged “all necessary support” for Hong Kong to fight an escalating Covid-19 crisis as the city confirmed another record-high 123 Covid-19 infections on Friday, and officials warned that hospital and quarantine facilities were fast reaching capacity.Another elderly nursing home resident with Covid-19 died, and dozens of senior citizens had to be evacuated from a coronavirus-stricken care centre, while the government was under mounting pressure to plug a loophole exposed by the threat of infections among the crew of six cargo ships quarantined in Hong Kong waters.

The country’s National Health Commission said it would support Hong Kong in its anti-epidemic efforts during a conference call with local health officials, after days of speculation the city’s leader had appealed to the mainland authorities for help.

The commission said it would strengthen the exchange of technology and share its experience of combating Covid-19 with Hong Kong.