Hong Kong Began Mass-Testing Program For Coronavirus on Tuesday
September 1 , 2020
A voluntary mass testing program was initiated in Hong Kong for Coronavirus on Tuesday. The step has been taken as a part of a strategy to curb transmission in the city's third outbreak. However, the virus testing program has become the center of the distrustful debate over DNA collection. On the other hand, the government dismissed any such concerns saying that no personal data will be attached to the specimen bottles and that samples will be destroyed in Hong Kong after the exercise. Over 500,000 people in the city of 7.5 million signed up in advance for the program, which will last at least a week. The government expects 5 million people to participate in the program, which could be extended to two weeks, depending on demand.