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Bigger than Wuhan, Hong Kong outbreak defies China's 'Covid Zero' playbook

Daily cases in the city have surged to more than 6,000 from a little over 100 in less than a month

A makeshift treatment area outside a hospital in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters
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Hong Kong is now dealing with a bigger Covid crisis than the outbreak in Wuhan that heralded the start of the pandemic, throwing into doubt whether China’s Covid Zero playbook of mass testing, isolation and quarantine can stamp it out.

Daily cases in the city have surged to more than 6,000 from a little over 100 in less than a month, topping anything seen in China’s initial wave centered around Wuhan save for Feb. 12, 2020, when a backlog of reporting saw daily cases spike above 15,000. That, and subsequent outbreaks in China, were brought under control by lockdowns that Hong

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First Published: Feb 18 2022 | 8:45 PM IST

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