The Hong Kong government announced on Wednesday that it would conduct massive tests among high-risk groups such as nursing home staff, given the increasing prevalence of corona viruses, the origin of which is unknown in some cases.
“The epidemiological situation in Hong Kong has changed drastically recently, and local cases with an unknown source of infection have occurred for a short time,” the local executive said in a statement.
The former British colony has so far registered 1,570 infected people, including eight deceased. Prime Minister Carrie Lam said Monday that she was concerned that 54 of the 182 local transmission cases identified since July 6 were of unknown origin.
“In this situation, the government has decided to use the anti-epidemic fund to conduct large-scale tests for those identified as high-risk groups and to improve the ability to perform diagnostic tests in general,” he said.