Carrie Lam says her government will work with Chinese officials to combat ‘worrying’ situation as cases soar

Daily infections have multiplied by a factor of 13 over the past two weeks, from about 100 cases at the start of February to a record 2,071 on 14 February, with authorities scrambling to control the deepening outbreak. The figure is expected to more than double on Tuesday, with another 4,730 preliminary positive cases also announced.

Lam said on Monday her government would coordinate with Chinese officials to tackle the “aggravating situation” after China said it would help the city with testing, treatment and quarantine.

“The onslaught of the fifth wave of the epidemic has dealt a heavy blow to Hong Kong and overwhelmed the city’s capacity of handling,” she said. “The situation is highly undesirable and the government feels worried and sorry about it.”

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