While the world’s attention is focused on Ukraine, Hong Kong is being forced to fight against something totally different — the coronavirus.

For more than two years since the first COVID-19 outbreak, Hong Kong has been relatively successful in containing the virus. However, the situation changed completely with the emergence of the omicron variant.

After the daily cases of new infections in Hong Kong topped 100 in late January, the number experienced an explosive growth, exceeding 1,000 cases a day on Feb. 9, 10,000 cases a day on Feb. 25 and 50,000 cases a day on March 2.