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Carrie Lam and Hong Kong govt's handling of Covid-19 in the spotlight in China

Healthcare workers at a Covid-19 isolation facility in San Tin, Hong Kong, on March 15, 2022. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Workers moving a body into a refrigerated container at a mortuary in Hong Kong on March 16, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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HONG KONG - Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam declared last week that her administration would faithfully follow the instructions of Chinese President Xi Jinping in fighting Covid-19, two weeks after she confirmed plans to conduct mass testing of the population.

Many of her critics felt Mrs Lam's silence in the interim during those two weeks was deafening, particularly as the Covid-19 death toll in the city rose by more than 2,500 to more than 2,800 in 16 days and hospitals struggled to handle the patient load.

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