China sends first Covid-19 medical testing team to Hong Kong

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Seven health officials have arrived in Hong Kong from mainland China, the first members of a 60-person team that will carry out Covid-19 testing.

This is the first time Chinese health officials have assisted in Hong Kong and comes as Hong Kong sees a sharp rise in new infections.

But some local councillors have raised concerns that China may be collecting DNA samples for surveillance purposes.

Hong Kong’s government has denied this.

Members of the health team are mostly from public hospitals in southern Guangdong Province and will assist with mass testing in the region.

Hong Kong reported 115 new cases on Sunday, continuing a streak of infections in the triple digits, and bringing the city’s total tally to 3,511.

The city is now experiencing what has been described as a “third wave” of infection.

Earlier last week, Hong Kong had to postpone its parliamentary elections, originally due to be held in September, by a year.

The government explained that it was a necessary move amid the rise in infections

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