Since taking office five years ago, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has held a steady stream of news conferences. Now, as the city tops the world in COVID-19 deaths, she’s gone without a briefing since visiting mainland China in November.

Lam last gave a major briefing on Feb. 22, when she announced that every resident would be tested for COVID-19 three times in March, sending shock waves through a city that had so far largely avoided a major outbreak. Since then, Hong Kong has recorded more than 1,300 COVID-19 deaths, with about 90% of fatalities among unvaccinated people. Cases have surged to more than 25,000 a day.

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