16th September 2020 – (Hong Kong) As the third wave of COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong has eased, it is reported that the community treatment facility with 900 beds at the AsiaWorld-Expo will be suspended from this Friday (18th) and will be converted to standby facility until another wave of epidemics broke out in Hong Kong. Earlier in response to the third wave of the epidemic, the public medical system was overwhelmed. The government converted Hall 1 and Hall 2 of AsiaWorld-Expo into community treatment facilities, providing 500 and 400 beds respectively to accept patients with mild cases of COVID-19.
The Hospital Authority is responsible for management and operation. Among them, Hall 1 was put into service on 1st August, but the bed occupancy rate has been low. As of 12.00 noon today (16th), only 5 patients in the hall were in the facility. As for Hall 2, although it has been prepared for a long time, it has not been opened for use. In addition, the government recently announced plans to convert Hall 8 and Hall 11 of the AsiaWorld-Expo into another community treatment facility, providing about 1,000 beds to cope with the next wave of epidemics that may arise.