Hong Kong: the mainland support team will not participate in the treatment of patients, and all test samples will not be sent to places outside Hong Kong

According to the Hong Kong government news network, the mainland nucleic acid detection support team formed by the central government in response to the request of the SAR government has started work in succession to help Hong Kong strengthen its virus detection capacity, build temporary hospitals and expand the scale of community treatment facilities.

with the support of the support team, the Hong Kong government will continue to implement and expand the voluntary specific group testing scheme, and is ready to implement the universal community testing scheme to identify infected persons as soon as possible. All tests will only be carried out in Hong Kong. Test samples will not be sent to places outside Hong Kong and will be destroyed after testing.

according to the introduction, the laboratory staff in Hong Kong are not enough to cope with the whole universal community testing scheme. Therefore, we communicated with the National Health Commission to send laboratory testing personnel from the mainland who have obtained the national accreditation qualification and have sufficient training and experience to carry out testing work in Hong Kong. Only novel coronavirus pneumonia related tests will be undertaken, and they will return to the mainland after completing the universal community testing scheme, and will not stay in Hong Kong for other jobs.

the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) reiterated that the main task of the support team co-ordinated by the central government and set up by the National Health Commission is to help strengthen the virus detection capability of the SAR and will not participate in the treatment of patients. The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has no plan to introduce medical staff from the mainland to Hong Kong to do any work on patient management.

the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said that the epidemic situation in Hong Kong continued to be severe, and expressed its heartfelt thanks to the central government for its strong support and assistance in the fight against the epidemic in Hong Kong. Openness and transparency is one of the principles of the SAR Government in fighting the epidemic. It helps the public understand the working framework of the support team, which helps to eliminate the misunderstanding of the work of the support team and make the relevant work smoothly carried out.