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Hong Kong transport operators, supermarkets cut services as COVID cases surge -Breaking


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Face mask-wearing customers shop before mass coronavirus diseases (COVID-19), are tested in a Hong Kong supermarket on March 2, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu


HONG KONG (Reuters), Hong Kong’s metro operator, bus companies, and the biggest supermarket chain in Hong Kong said that this week they will reduce their services because of a COVID-19-related outbreak. Since February began to spread rapidly.

Hong Kong authorities held fast to the “dynamic zero” coronavirus strategy. This, similar to mainland China’s, seeks out to reduce all possible outbreaks.

Transport Department at the global financial center said that 98 buses routes will be shut down due to critical shortages of operators.

The company released a statement on Wednesday late night stating that the increase in people infected and the drop in customers caused by stringent social ditancing made it difficult for them to continue operations.

MTR Corp, the subway operator of New York City, is well-known for its efficiency and announced that it will reduce services on eight lines due to staff shortages as well as sharp drops in customers.

“Despite the worsening COVID-19 environment, we have tried to preserve train service. It stated that the most recent pandemic development is impacting the human resources for day-to-day operations.

ParknShop is one of the largest grocery chains in the area. It announced that it would reduce opening hours at more than 200 stores to ensure customer safety and staff satisfaction. According to ParknShop, some shops would close by 3:00 p.m.

The death toll from the Chinese-ruled Chinese city has been more than 1,100 since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020.

More than 700 people have died in the week that has passed. Most of them were unvaccinated.

According to University of Hong Kong health experts, approximately 1.7 million people had been infected as of Monday. The University of Hong Kong expects that the next week will bring an additional 183,000 infections per day.

Many residents have been confused and in chaos this week as a result of mixed messages from the government about whether there would be a lockdown across the city and changes to coronavirus rules almost every day.

According to Allan Zeman, a prominent businessman who is also a government advisor, Hong Kong had suffered “very damage” from the confusion messages that caused alarm.

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