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China’s mobile COVID-19 labs begin operation in Hong Kong

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Staff members work at “Falcon” testing lab, an air-inflated lab in Hong Kong on Sunday. - XINHUA
Staff members work at “Falcon” testing lab, an air-inflated lab in Hong Kong on Sunday. – XINHUA

CHINA: Mobile laboratories, nicknamed “Falcon” and built with mainland support, were put into operation Friday in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s (HKSAR) Kowloon to conduct mass COVID-19 testing.

The temporary labs consist of five air-inflated chambers each and can handle 80,000 testing samples per day. They are backed by Guangzhou KingMed Diagnostics Group Co., Ltd., which now runs two Falcon labs in Hong Kong.

The company said it will continue to send additional personnel to support Hong Kong in accordance with the HKSAR government’s relevant epidemic prevention policies, and give full technological support to Hong Kong’s universal COVID-19 testing.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said earlier this week that Hong Kong will conduct mass mandatory testing in March to fight the latest COVID-19 outbreak when all Hong Kong residents must undergo nucleic acid tests three times.

Various sectors in Hong Kong have voiced their support for the testing, believing that the move will help to control the pandemic and put society back on track.

Two years of strict zero-COVID policies kept the coronavirus largely bay but a breakthrough of the highly transmissible Omicron variant exposed how little authorities had done to prepare for a mass outbreak. Lam previously ruled out a citywide lockdown and instead has ordered all 7.4 million residents to be tested in March.


Tuesday, March 1, 2022 – 01:00

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