On August 2, seven members of a nucleic acid testing team from Chinese mainland arrived in HKSAR to assist in laboratory work. Meanwhile, another team from the mainland had also assembled a makeshift hospital as support.
As the epidemic rages, the fight against it cannot be delayed. The third wave of the epidemic continues in Hong Kong, with over 100 cases confirmed for 12 straight days from an unknown source. Hong Kong’s healthcare system is overstretched and quarantine facilities are insufficient.
Under this circumstance, the central government provided the necessary support to tackle the deteriorating situation at the request of the HKSAR government and Hong Kong citizens, injecting strong impetus into Hong Kong’s fight against the epidemic.
Hong Kong has always been a part of China. To help each other in times of difficulty demonstrates the mutual assistance concept among Hong Kong citizens, as well as the fine tradition of the Chinese nation. At the very beginning of the epidemic, the central government helped arranged a large number of anti-disease materials to Hong Kong, ensured the stability of living materials, and assisted Hong Kong residents stranded in the mainland and overseas to return home.
The central government has given full support to the HKSAR government’s efforts in epidemic prevention and control, provided assistance in enhancing nucleic acid testing capabilities and the construction of temporary quarantine and treatment centers. History has shown, and will continue to show, that the central government and mainland have always been Hong Kong's resolute backing, and have taken consistent care of the lives and health of Hong Kong compatriots.
In the fight against the epidemic, the mainland has mobilized a large number of resources and gained rich experience. The members of the two teams are not only well-chosen medical personnel, but also veterans from the frontline.
The Guangzhou Medical Team performed excellently in the fight against the epidemic, with a total recovery and discharge rate of nearly 90 percent. In the makeshift hospitals managed by Wuhan University Renmin Hospital, 1,124 patients were admitted and treated in 35 days, achieving “zero death, zero infection and zero relapse” among patients. Just as Wan Jun, the leader of mainland makeshift hospital support team, said, medics from the mainland should not only share the experience of Wuhan’s makeshift hospital with Hong Kong, but also convey the deep concern and love from the central government and the Chinese people to Hong Kong.
At the crucial moment of epidemic prevention and control, some strange remarks—even rumors—were put forward in Hong Kong. Opposition camps have no contributions to protecting the health and safety of Hong Kong citizens, and defamed the HKSAR government’s efforts and central government’s strong support. Blatant attempts to falsely claim a “language barrier” between the city and mainland, and rumors of “harvesting genetic samples” through mass testing are not only anti-intellect, but also against China.
The makeshift hospital at Asia World Expo was opened on August 1. It will be further upgraded with the help of support teams from the mainland. It firmly believes that the experienced and sincere support from the mainland will enable Hong Kong to overcome the epidemic very soon.
(Compiled by An Bowen)