Seven Chinese language well being officers had been because of arrive in Hong Kong on Sunday, the primary members of a 60-person workforce that can perform widespread testing for COVID-19 within the territory as the worldwide monetary hub races to halt a 3rd wave of sickness.
China’s Nationwide Well being Fee on Saturday introduced their scheduled arrival.
Members of the workforce are from public hospitals in Guangdong province whereas a specialist workforce of six from Wuhan, the place the novel coronavirus first appeared, will assist put together a part of the AsiaWorld Expo conference centre as a facility for COVID-19 sufferers.
The initiative is the primary time mainland well being officers have assisted Hong Kong in its battle to regulate the coronavirus.
Some native residents concern China might use this as an excuse to gather DNA samples for surveillance functions.
Chief Carrie Lam mentioned on Saturday the previous British colony requested for assist from the central authorities as a result of resurgence in instances. She mentioned the federal government was finding out whether or not everybody in Hong Kong could possibly be examined, native broadcaster RTHK reported on Saturday.
The Chinese language territory noticed a surge in regionally transmitted coronavirus instances in July and launched a raft of tightening measures together with proscribing gatherings to 2 folks and mandating face masks in all outside public areas.
Hong Kong has reported round 3,400 coronavirus instances and 33 deaths since January, far decrease than different main cities around the globe. However the every day variety of new infections has been within the triple-digits for the previous 11 days.
Beijing lately imposed a safety regulation that critics say undermines Hong Kong’s autonomy, which was assured below a “one nation, two methods” formulation when town returned to Chinese language management from Britain in 1997.
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