The temporary air-inflated laboratory at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre is ready to support the Government’s large-scale community testing programme to be launched on September 1.


Members of the Mainland nucleic acid test support team, which was formed and specifically deployed to Hong Kong by the central government to assist the city in ramping up testing capacity, have familiarised themselves with the local environment and stand ready to support the initiative.


To help Hong Kong launch a large-scale universal community testing within a short period of time, the support team had earlier assisted in the lab’s preparatory work to substantially ramp up Hong Kong’s virus testing capacity.


The lab is ready following some two weeks of preparation.


Permanent Secretary for Food & Health (Health) Thomas Chan, who led the Government’s work group on testing, along with members of the work group and Mainland nucleic acid test support team visited the sports centre to inspect the lab’s preparation and testing procedures.


Mr Chan thanked the central government for its support to enhance Hong Kong’s testing capacity, which had laid a solid foundation for the Universal Community Testing Programme.


After the inspection, the work group and support team considered that the preparation is progressing well and expressed confidence in the smooth operation once universal testing is launched.


The Government will endeavour to protect public health and ensure the testing programme is implemented in a safe and orderly manner to provide voluntary virus tests for all citizens.


Mr Chan appealed to the public to actively participate in the universal testing and contribute to the epidemic control in Hong Kong, paving way for the gradual relaxation of social distancing measures and return to normal life.


The temporary air-inflated laboratory has passed the Department of Health’s assessment under the external quality assessment programme and complied with the requirements to provide COVID-19 tests for the Government.


The laboratory also meets the requirements of a Biosafety Level 2 laboratory and has implemented relevant infection control measures to ensure hygiene and appropriate waste management without emission of harmful gas.