China sends team to Hong Kong to do widespread coronavirus testing

China sends team to Hong Kong to do widespread coronavirus testing

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Hong Kong: Seven Chinese health officials will arrive in Hong Kong on Sunday. This is the first member of a 60-person team that will compete in the global financial center to stop the third wave of COVID-19 in the region Conduct extensive testing. disease

The National Health Commission of China announced their scheduled arrival time on Saturday.

The team members are from public hospitals in Guangdong Province, and a team of six experts is from Wuhan, where the new coronavirus first appeared. The team will prepare part of the AsiaWorld-Expo Convention Center to accommodate COVID-19 patients.

This initiative is the first time a mainland health official has assisted Hong Kong in controlling the coronavirus.

Some local residents worry that China may use this as an excuse to collect DNA samples for surveillance.

Leader Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the former British colony sought help from the central government due to the resurrection of the case. She said local radio station Radio Hong Kong reported on Saturday that the government is studying whether everyone in Hong Kong can be tested.

In July, there was a surge in locally spreading coronavirus cases on Chinese territory, and a series of austerity measures were taken, including limiting gatherings to two people and mandatory use of masks in all outdoor public places.

Since January, Hong Kong has reported about 3,400 coronavirus cases and 33 deaths, far lower than other major cities in the world. But in the past 11 days, the number of new infections each day has reached triple digits.

Beijing recently enacted a security law, which critics say undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy. After Hong Kong returned to China from the United Kingdom in 1997, Hong Kong’s autonomy was guaranteed by the “one country, two systems” approach.

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