Hong Kong postpones leadership election amid COVID-19 outbreak
Hong Kong postpones leadership election amid COVID-19 outbreak

Hong Kong postpones leadership election amid COVID-19 outbreak

Hong Kong will postpone the election of its next leader until May 8, as the country struggles with a worsening coronavirus outbreak with thousands of new infections daily

The Hong Kong leader is elected by a committee made up of legislators, representatives of various industries and professions, and pro-Beijing representatives, such as Hong Kong deputies to the Chinese National Parliament.

Several candidates, including filmmaker Checkley Sin and Titus Wu, a former member of Hong Kong’s largest pro-establishment political party, have confirmed their intention to run. It is not clear whether Lam will run for re-election.

Lam also said there were plans to test the entire city of Hong Kong for COVID-19, but denied that it would be put under a strict blockade even if the city pursues a “zero COVID” approach.

“Mandatory testing and a complete city lock may not have to go hand in hand. It depends on the actual situation,” she said. test of all, but test several times. “

She cited as an example Macao, which has tested its entire population twice for the virus.

Health officials said Thursday that the city’s hospitals had a 90% capacity and that its isolation facilities were full. Hong Kong’s daily new cases exceeded 2,000 for the first time on Monday. On Friday, over 3,600 new local infections were reported.

Hong Kong has adhered to China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy, which involves quarantining incoming travelers, total shutdown, extensive contact tracking and mass testing of millions of people.

Lam has stuck to the same strategy despite the city’s greater population density, higher incomes and more service-oriented economy than in mainland China. Last week, the entire exclusive Discovery Bay district of Hong Kong was ordered to undergo testing after authorities found traces of the virus in its wastewater.


This story corrects that several people have said they will run in the election, not just one.

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