Secretary for Development Michael Wong and Under Secretary for Food & Health Dr Chui Tak-yi today inspected the newly completed community treatment facility expansion at AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE).
The community treatment facility expansion was successfully completed with the support of the central government.
Noting that relevant construction works commenced on September 19 and were swiftly completed within three weeks, Mr Wong said the expansion provides an addition of nearly 1,000 beds in Halls 8 to 11 of the AWE, with some equipped with negative pressure facilities.
Hospital Authority Chief Executive Dr Tony Ko said that 900 beds were installed in Halls 1 and 2 earlier.
Coupled with the new facility, Hong Kong’s ability to cope with another potential wave of the COVID-19 epidemic will be greatly enhanced, reducing the pressure on public hospitals, Dr Ko added.
Mr Wong and Dr Chui attended a ceremony during which the facility was handed over to the Hospital Authority.
Prior to the ceremony, they inspected the facility’s equipment, including modular units of beds, negative pressure facilities, medical stations as well as the air-conditioning and air filtration system.
Additionally, construction works on the temporary hospital adjacent to the AWE, also supported by the central government, commenced on September 19.
The contractor is carrying out foundation works at the site while fabrication of modular units in Mainland factories is underway.
The construction works are expected to be completed within four months. Upon completion, the temporary hospital will provide negative pressure wards that can accommodate more than 800 beds and associated medical facilities.