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At the tip of Hong Kong’s iconic former airport runway on Victoria Harbour that once connected the financial hub with the world, masked officials from the city and the mainland celebrated last week the completion of a hastily built COVID-19 quarantine center.

The four-story Kai Tak Community Isolation Facility, replete with lifts, air conditioning and individual toilets, is one of nine centers totaling 50,000 rooms to have been constructed with Chinese help after an omicron wave infected much of the city.

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