City to Covid-test its entire population – reports — Analysis
To assist in testing one million Hong Kong residents daily, specialists from China will be arriving in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is planning to conduct Covid-19 testing on its whole population. The city is in discussions with China about the details, according to Sing Tao Daily (a local media outlet).
A city with a population of around 7.5million people plans to conduct one million tests per day. The newspaper also stated that anyone refusing to undergo the test would be punished by a $1280 fine. It is anticipated that the campaign will begin in March. According to the report, specialists from China are expected to visit the area to aid local medical staff.
Officials in Hong Kong have yet to make any statements about the matter and have also not responded to media reports. As the city struggles with a severe disease epidemic, this news comes at a time when it is gaining momentum. After months of no new infections, the Hong Kong infection rates have increased to record levels in February.
The city officials confirmed that there were 4,285 additional infections on Wednesday and that 7,000 others had been reported. “suspected” as their confirmation was still pending at that time – partly due to a testing backlog. Earlier, the Chinese President Xi Jinping called for Hong Kong to adopt “all necessary measures”China’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus continue to be a major factor in limiting its success. “zero-Covid-19” policy.
Sing Tao Daily reported Wednesday that Carrie Lam (Hong Kong Chief Executive) asked large property developers to offer accommodation to those who had tested positive for isolation. According to the newspaper, 44 hotels have been converted to isolation units, providing a total of 10,000 bedrooms.
Additional space may be provided by residential blocks in the city’s Queen’s Hill Village district and the Hang King House of the Lai King Estate, which would make an additional 3,000 rooms available. The authorities are also reportedly considering turning the city’s university dormitories into isolation facilities as well.
There are however some medical professionals in Hong Kong who warn that there may be no way to control the epidemic. “At current rate of spread, there could be tens of thousands of new cases each day in early March, and we know that not every infection is being confirmed so the number of infections picked up in mass testing could be very large at that point,”Bloomberg spoke Thursday with Professor Benjamin Cowling of University of Hong Kong in the field of epidemiology.
He recommended mass testing for the disease in May or April. “will have subsided”And the city would be able to contain all test-positive people and allow them to return. “zero daily cases.”
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