First mainland medics assisting virus tests to arrive tomorrow

Saturday, August 01, 2020

A group of seven mainland health officials will arrive in Hong Kong tomorrow as the first members of a medical team that will assist with Covid-19 virus tests in the SAR.
National health officials announced the news today as Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said every Hong Kong citizen could possibly be tested for Covid-19. 
Beijing’s National Health Commission said a total of 60 medical staff would be drawn from 20 public hospitals in the Guangdong province. 
It added a further team composed of six specialists from Wuhan who were involved in building temporary hospitals there would arrive to help with preparation works at AsiaExpo World center, which is ready to admit patients with mild symptoms from today. 
The Hong Kong government had asked the central government for help amid the recent spike in Covid-19 infections.
Lam said the SAR government was studying the possibility for expanding the scale of virus tests to all Hongkongers, as it had happened in some mainland cities. 
The number of infections in the city stood at 3,272, which included 29 fatalities.