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6 months ago | World | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

Hong Kong will start conducting mass coronavirus tests on Tuesday, a health scheme that has been swept up in the political debate dividing the city, where many remain deeply distrustful of both local leaders and China.

The voluntary tests are part of an attempt to stamp out the third wave of infections that began in late June and saw the densely populated city reimpose economically painful social distancing measures.

Since registration began on Saturday, 510,000 people have signed up to take the free tests — around seven percent of the city’s 7.5 million population.

More than half of all 141 community test centers across the city are fully booked for their first day on Tuesday.

But health experts advising the government have said as many as five million people might need to be tested for the scheme to uncover hidden transmissions and end the current wave comprehensively.

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