Officials warn of hospital care crunch as Hong Kong hit with 38 new Covid-19 cases

Hong Kong was hit with a fresh wave of 32 locally transmitted coronavirus infections on Friday, including a cluster in a public housing block, as authorities ordered schools to close and warned of an escalating crisis that would pile pressure on hospital resources.

The city also confirmed another six imported cases, including maritime workers and returnees from India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and the Philippines, pushing Hong Kong’s tally to 1,403, with seven related deaths. At least 10 additional people tested preliminary positive, according to a medical source.

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