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Hong Kong Won’t Return to Zero Covid Cases as City Weighs Easing

  • Virus set to linger in the community, though cases will fall
  • Public hospitals will resume some non-emergency procedures
Hong Kong is looking to further relax some of its Covid rules as cases decline.

Hong Kong is looking to further relax some of its Covid rules as cases decline.

Photographer: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

A Hong Kong health official said the Asian financial hub is unlikely to again see a day without any Covid-19 infections after keeping the virus largely at bay for the first two years of the pandemic.

While cases won’t return to zero -- a feat the city managed for most of last year due to some of the world’s strictest quarantine policies -- the daily tally is likely to continue its downward trend, health official Albert Au said at a briefing on Thursday.