Hong Kong opens new COVID-19 medical facility that can handle 500 patients

Posted at 10:06 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 22:06:19-04

Hong Kong has opened a new COVID-19 medical facility in an exhibition center near the city's airport.

The Hong Kong Hospital Authority has turned the Asiaworld-Expo Center, usually used to host concerts and large events, into a community treatment facility to hold stable patients.

The facility is designed to ease the burden on hospitals amid the city's third wave of infections.

It will provide around 500 beds for COVID-19 patients, aged from 18 to 60 who are in stable condition.

The first batch of patients, about 30 people, began staying at the center on Saturday.

Dozens of nurses and two doctors will monitor the first batch, with patients sent to public hospitals immediately if their condition deteriorates.

The city is battling a third wave of COVID-19, with nearly 3,300 infections recorded.