Xi Jinping Orders Hong Kong to Get a Grip on Spiraling Covid-19 Outbreak

HONG KONG — Chinese leader Xi Jinping told Hong Kong’s government to control a spiraling Covid-19 outbreak that has overwhelmed the city’s healthcare system, highlighting Beijing’s growing concerns over the crisis while raising the likelihood of even tighter restrictions in the global financial hub.

Mr. Xi conveyed the directive in articles in the city’s two main state-owned newspapers. Hong Kong’s control of the epidemic was “the overriding task at present,” he said, adding that it was the responsibility of local officials to get the outbreak under control.

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