Hospital services

“The worsening of the epidemic could disrupt hospital services”

On Wednesday, health officials said they feared the epidemic situation in Hong Kong could worsen, warning that hospital services may need to be adjusted if things deteriorate further.

The Hospital Authority said the number of admitted Covid-19 patients had doubled to more than 800 since the start of last month, while the number in critical or serious condition had also risen.

A chief director of the authority, Dr Gladys Kwan, said that although authorities had prepared for a deterioration in the epidemic, the growing pressure on the health system could again force the suspension of some services.

“We will have an overall observation of the service delivery, as well as the general condition of the patients, so now we are in our central command committee for the operation to discuss every day,” she said.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Center for Health Protection said officials were also concerned about the risks of reinfection for those who have recovered from Covid, pointing out that the proportion of locally infected patients carrying the new B subvariant. 4 increased.

The center on Wednesday announced 2,672 new local Covid infections, 143 imported cases and the death of one additional Covid patient.


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