First group due on virus testing job

Local | 1 Aug 2020 1:41 pm

A group of seven mainland health officials will arrive in Hong Kong on Sunday as the first members of a 60-strong team that will assist with coronavirus testing, RTHK reports.

National health officials made the announcement on Saturday as Chief Executive Carrie Lam raised the possibility that everyone in Hong Kong could be tested for the virus.

Beijing's National Health Commission said the officials involved in testing would be drawn from public hospitals in Guangdong province.

It said a further team of six specialists from Wuhan who were involved in setting up a temporary hospital there would arrive to assist with preparing part of the AsiaWorld Expo convention centre as a facility for  patients.

Speaking in a Commercial Radio interview, Lam said the SAR government had asked for help from the central authorities amid a recent spike in virus patients.

She said the government was studying whether testing could be done on a large scale, including whether everyone in Hong Kong could be tested, as had happened in some mainland cities.


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