Hong Kong, August 21
Hong Kong will provide free, common testing to its residents beginning September 1.
The testing program, which can final a most of two weeks, is on a voluntary foundation.
Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam stated common testing was doable resulting from assist from Beijing, which supplied assets resembling laboratory workers to spice up capability within the semi-autonomous metropolis.
The program is aimed toward figuring out people who’re contaminated however have exhibited no signs. The metropolis, with a inhabitants of seven.5 million, has carried out over 1.2 million assessments to date.
Critics of the common testing program say there could also be potential privateness considerations, on condition that this system is supported by the Chinese Communist Party.
Lam brushed apart such considerations, stating that it doesn’t matter what the federal government did, there would all the time be individuals who got here up with conspiracy theories. AP