With Chinese aid, Hong Kong offers people free universal Covid Testing

On Friday, Hong Kong’s leader said China should help the authorities give residents free coronavirus tests as infections continue to grow in a finance hub where Beijing’s deep mistrust has become ingrained. Initially a poster child for the fight against coronavirus, Hong Kong saw a third wave brought in by some company and logistical arrivals exempted from the mandatory rules of quarantine.

The research will be carried out by three mainland companies’ subsidiaries in Hong Kong, including the Chinese genomics company BGI Group, she added. Residents in other countries around the world will also welcome a sudden rise in monitoring for viruses. But many Hong Kongers remain highly wary of Beijing as it locks down democratic freedoms, including the implementation on the city last month of a sweeping new safety law.

On Sunday, China’s National Health Commission sent a “advance team” of clinical laboratory staff to the region. Lam said another team was set up to help build a temporary hospital in Hong Kong similar to those built when the virus first appeared in Wuhan ‘s central Chinese city. Authorities have recently opened a temporary 500-bed facility in an exhibition center near the airport to treat non-serious infections, and plan to increase their capacity by adding 1,400 beds.