Doctors and nurses arrive to help with free citywide testing for COVID-19 Hong Kong’s leader and residents on Friday welcomed the arrival of 164 mainland doctors and nurses enlisted to assist with the city’s massive coronavirus testing, which is open to online registration on Saturday. The medical professionals joined 60 others who had arrived earlier in Hong Kong from the mainland to help roll out a voluntary testing program, free of charge to the city’s 7.5 million residents. Before inspecting laboratories set up at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre, where millions of swab samples are expected to be tested, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor expressed her thanks to members of the mainland medical team, which made possible the citywide testing. According to Lam, the central authorities can arrange up to 600 mainland medical workers, if needed, to facilitate lab testing during the two-week campaign that starts on Tuesday. The massive community testing, by discovering asymptomatic patients, can boost a return to normal social and economic activities people have been hankering for, said Lam. Hong Kong reported 13 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the third-lowest daily caseload since July 5, when the city’s third wave of infections started…. Read full this story
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