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Hong Kong turns exhibition centre into makeshift hospital amid new wave

Hong Kong opened a temporary field hospital with 500 beds on Saturday to house stable Covid-19 patients as the city battles a new wave of virus infections.

The financial hub had been a poster child for tackling coronavirus, with local transmissions all but ended by early summer.

But since July the pathogen has returned, with some cases brought in by the tens of thousands of people who were exempted from a mandatory quarantine imposed on most arrivals.

The opening of the hospital comes a day after city leader Carrie Lam announced the postponement of upcoming legislative elections for a year, saying that the decision is purely protecting public health and has “nothing to do with politics”.

More than 2,000 new infections have been detected since the start of July – 60 per cent of the total since the virus first hit the city in late January.

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