Hong Kong third wave: mainland Chinese personnel to help conduct mass Covid-19 testing in Hong Kong

Hong Kong third wave: mainland Chinese personnel to help conduct mass Covid-19 testing in Hong Kong

  • Staff from mainland will also help speed up construction of community isolation and treatment centres, Beijing says
  • City confirms another 121 coronavirus cases on Friday, the tenth straight day of triple-digit increases in infections

Personnel from mainland China will come to Hong Kong to help conduct mass Covid-19 testing, it was revealed on Friday night, as the city confirmed another 121 coronavirus cases, the tenth straight day of triple-digit increases in infections.

The central government answered a request from the city and would send workers to carry out Covid-19 tests en masse and speed up the construction of community isolation and treatment centres, the cabinet-level Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said in a statement.

That came as the coronavirus killed another two elderly care home residents, bringing the city’s death toll to 27, while an infected woman who left her home for two hours sparked fears of a legal grey area that would allow patients awaiting hospitalisation to move around freely.

Health officials said that of the new cases, 118 were locally transmitted, including 56 of unknown origin, while three were imported, involving arrivals from the Philippines, India and Mexico.

The latest figures pushed the number of confirmed cases to 3,272. There were also more than 90 preliminary positive cases.