HONG KONG: Hong Kong reported 25,150 new coronavirus infections and 280 deaths on Monday (Mar 7), as authorities struggle to contain a worsening COVID-19 outbreak that has torn through hundreds of nursing homes and hit many of the city's unvaccinated elderly.
While Hong Kong was successful in controlling the virus in 2021, it has recently seen COVID-19 infections soar to a total of around 500,000. Most of the Chinese-ruled city's more than 2,200 deaths have been in the past two weeks.
Health authorities said 161 of the deaths reported on Monday were in the past 24 hours while 119 were older fatalities processed with a delay.
Hong Kong reported the most deaths globally per million people in the week to Mar 6, according to data publication Our World in Data.
The figures come as the global financial hub clings to a "dynamic zero" coronavirus strategy, which as in mainland China seeks to eradicate all outbreaks. Many other countries are meanwhile shifting to a strategy of co-existence with the virus.