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The government was considering universal Covid-19 screening

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The government was considering universal Covid-19 screening to combat the explosive fifth wave, Hong Kong’s leader acknowledged on Thursday, marking a U-turn in the city’s stance a day after details of an internal discussion about the proposal were leaked to the public.⁠

Sources described the measure as a last resort to cut off transmission chains in the event other steps such as tighter social-distancing measures failed to flatten the infection curve, although one medical expert warned the testing would be “pointless” without also locking down the city at the same time.⁠

Another insider revealed that officials were weighing whether to send the collected specimens over the border for processing samples for the sake of efficiency, a move that could fuel privacy concerns.⁠

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said details of the proposed universal testing were still being ironed out.⁠

“We are considering conducting a citywide universal test when we have this capacity,” Lam said, after receiving a group of experts from mainland China at Shenzhen Bay border point.⁠

📷: Jelly Tse / SCMP⁠

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