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China's Xi orders Hong Kong to halt Covid surge by all means

Bloomberg2/16/2022 03:49 PM GMT+08  • 5 min read
China's Xi orders Hong Kong to halt Covid surge by all means
It is a way to force the Hong Kong government to contemplate -- if not a complete lockdown -- some localised lockdown.
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President Xi Jinping called for Hong Kong officials to take “all necessary measures” in getting the city’s virus outbreak under control, an unusually direct intervention that could pave the way for stricter measures and possibly a broader lockdown in the Asian financial hub.

The Chinese leader said Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s government should make stabilizing the Covid-19 situation its top priority, the state-run Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao newspapers reported Wednesday, without saying where they got the information.

The message, which leaves the city’s leaders even less room to deviate from China’s Covid Zero policy, came a day after Lam said she had no plans for a citywide lock down, although she acknowledged the omicron variant outbreak had overwhelmed the government’s capacity to respond.

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