The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today welcomed the arrival of the third batch of Mainland nucleic acid test support team members.


It once again expressed gratitude to the central government for establishing and deploying rapidly a support team to enhance the city’s testing capability in a short period of time, enabling the Hong Kong SAR Government to launch the large-scale Universal Community Testing Programme.


Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang and Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan attended the ceremony to welcome the 200-member team.


Together with the first two batches, nearly 420 team members are currently in Hong Kong.


The National Health Commission will co-ordinate the deployment of more members to support Hong Kong subject to the actual need.


The Hong Kong SAR Government said although the confirmed cases have been gradually reduced recently, the epidemic has yet to be stabilised and there are still silent transmission chains in the community.


It added that it is very grateful to the support team for its valuable advice on the Universal Community Testing Programme, which can help identify asymptomatic patients and further curb the epidemic, and urged all citizens to participate in the testing programme.