Seven Chinese well being officers had been as a consequence of arrive in Hong Kong on Sunday, the primary members of a 60-person crew that may perform widespread testing for COVID-19 within the territory as the worldwide monetary hub races to halt a 3rd wave of sickness.
China’s National Health Commission on Saturday introduced their scheduled arrival.
Members of the crew are from public hospitals in Guangdong province whereas a specialist crew 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 could use this as an excuse to gather DNA samples for surveillance functions.
Leader Carrie Lam stated on Saturday the previous British colony requested for assist from the central authorities because of the resurgence in circumstances. She stated 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 territory noticed a surge in regionally transmitted coronavirus circumstances in July and launched a raft of tightening measures together with proscribing gatherings to 2 individuals and mandating face masks in all outside public areas.
Hong Kong has reported round 3,400 coronavirus circumstances and 33 deaths since January, far decrease than different main cities around the globe. But the day by day variety of new infections has been within the triple-digits for the previous 11 days.
Beijing just lately imposed a safety legislation that critics say undermines Hong Kong’s autonomy, which was assured underneath a “one country, two systems” method when the town returned to Chinese management from Britain in 1997.
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