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China’s Xi says Hong Kong needs to stabilise and control COVID-19 surge

HONG KONG: China’s President Xi Jinping has advised Hong Kong’s authorities to stabilise and control a deepening COVID-19 outbreak within the international monetary hub as quickly as attainable, pro-Beijing media reported on Wednesday (Feb 16).

The directive will increase strain on authorities scrambling to preserve tempo with a deluge of recent infections within the monetary hub.

Xi instructed Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to relay to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam his “concern about the pandemic situation” and his take care of native residents, in accordance to front-page tales in newspapers Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao.

Both media, which usually help Beijing’s pursuits in Hong Kong, mentioned Xi made the remarks not too long ago however didn’t specify the place he was talking.

The tales come a day after Lam mentioned her authorities’s response to the Omicron outbreak had not been passable, with hospitals and medical workers overwhelmed.

Lam, who has not confirmed whether or not she is going to search one other five-year time period as head of the Chinese-ruled metropolis, mentioned she may “not preclude” the potential of suspending subsequent month’s chief govt election.

No heavyweight contender has but declared their candidacy, a extremely uncommon scenario simply 5 weeks earlier than the election.

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