CHINA Hong Kong's mass COVID-19 screening identifies 32 new cases


Hong Kong's mass COVID-19 screening identifies 32 new cases


07:07, September 16, 2020


File photo: Xinhua

HONG KONG, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The 14-day Universal Community Testing Program (UCTP), which concluded on Monday, has identified 32 new COVID-19 cases, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on Tuesday.

About 1,783,000 specimens were tested under the program over the past two weeks, in which 46 positive cases were identified.

Among these cases, five overlapped with the previously confirmed cases, and another eight were recovered patients whose test results "turned positive again." Another one failed the retest due to insufficient specimen and the Center for Health Protection (CHP) has notified the patient for further test.

The 32 confirmed new cases under the program included 13 asymptomatic cases, which demonstrated that the mass screening has helped identify silent carriers of the virus and cut the transmission chain in the community, the CHP said.

Among the 87 close contacts of the 32 new cases, five have been confirmed COVID-19 positive and there is possibility that more patients will be found as the tracking work continues, the authority added. Enditem

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue