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Hong Kong outbreak tests limits of China's zero COVID policy

Mainland China to send personnel and build facilities to contain spread

People line up at a COVID-19 testing center in Hong Kong's Central district.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The eruption of new coronavirus cases in Hong Kong has blindsided officials who have imposed strict zero COVID measures on the Asian financial hub, forcing Beijing to send backup to contain the outbreak.

Hong Kong has recorded over 1,000 new cases for consecutive days, making it the most virulent location by far in greater China. The case count started surging after the Lunar New Year holiday. Over 2,000 infections were confirmed Monday for the first time.

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