The Hong Kong government’s overall spending on health is expected to rise by almost 18 per cent in 2021-22 to HK$115.8 billion, as the city presses on with efforts to curb Covid-19 infections and improve services.

According to a document accompanying Finance Secretary Paul Chan’s 2021-22 budget speech on Wednesday, the Department of Health will receive a total of HK$5.2 billion over the next three years for “various measures in handling Covid-19.”

Staff from the Department of Health visit Cheuk Ming Building in Tsuen Wan on May13. It is the residence of one of the newly infected patients. Photo: Jimmy Lam/United Social Press.

Of this, HK$111 million will be spent on implementing the Hong Kong Health Code and “gradually resuming full services of Boundary Control Points” between Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China.


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