Carrie Lam: Hong Kong to offer free, one-time coronavirus testing to all residents

3 mins read


Hong Kong will roll out a program to offer free, one-time coronavirus testing for all of its citizens as part of an aggressive push to contain the pandemic, sources report.

A team of medical officials from mainland China will help to expand the testing capacity as the city moves to identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the testing effort will start within the next two weeks, and that a new makeshift hospital will be built to help handle the increasing numbers, Bloomberg reported.

“It’s time for us to do more universal testing,” Lam said at a press briefing Friday afternoon. “But if we have to do it, we need to increase testing capacity in a short time.”

CALIFORNIA COUNTY TO OFFER $1,250 STIPEND FOR RESIDENTS DIAGNOSED WITH CORONAVIRUS

Hong Kong hosts around 7.4 million residents, and medical teams could only process around 20,000 to 30,000 samples in a day, the New York Times reported. The mainland team had set a goal of processing 100,000 to 200,000 tests a day, but the actual capacity now appears to be closer to 400,000 samples per day.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, Friday, July 31, 2020. She announce to postpone legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 6, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, Friday, July 31, 2020. She announce to postpone legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 6, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The mainland team consists of seven experts who arrived on Sunday to lay the groundwork for the larger team of nearly 60 members, who would later help ramp up testing.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY SUSPENDS STUDENTS WHO VIOLATED CAMPUS QUARANTINE, NY STATE ORDERS

The assistance comes at a time when Hong Kong is seeing new cases without clear cause. On Friday, Hong Kong reported 81 new local infections – 32 of which come from unknown origins, Bloomberg reported.

The city has battled a fierce resurgence over the past month, but the offer of help from the mainland has left local experts skeptical: many are concerned that the test will be wasted on a largely uninfected population, in addition to the lack of transparency thus far.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“People in Hong Kong fear they will be subject to similar methods of control like in Xinjiang,” said Maya Wang, a senior China researcher at Human Rights Watch who has studied biometric surveillance in China. “A large part of it is the mass collection of biometrics.”



Source link

Previous Story

Susan Rice Sells Large Amount Of Stock, Fueling Speculation That She Will Be Picked As Biden's VP

Next Story

Michigan GOP Official Refuses To Resign After Dropping The N-Bomb During Meeting

Latest from WORLD

TRUTH RIGHT IN YOUR INBOX!!!
JOIN OVER 35,000+ PATRIOTS IN RECEIVING REAL, ACCURATE, AND AMERICAN-CENTRIC NEWS!
Become a patriot!
Stand up to power, stand up to the establishment, and join us in the fight against the mainstream media!
Close