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Hong Kong Delays Mass Testing Plan as Focus Shifts to Deaths

  • Chief Executive Lam gives first major briefing in two weeks
  • Fatalities have surged and death rate is highest in the world
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WATCH: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam discusses the government’s efforts in flighting the Covid-19 pandemic.Source: Bloomberg
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Hong Kong’s plan to test the entire population for coronavirus in March has been indefinitely postponed as the city prioritizes vaccinating the elderly and reducing fatalities in an outbreak that’s now the deadliest in the world.

The government is still making plans for the mandatory testing exercise, including the timing and how to ensure essential operations can continue if movement restrictions were to be imposed, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Wednesday in her first major public press briefing in two weeks. For now, authorities will focus on a vaccination drive for elderly people living at care facilities -- which are seeing a surge in fatalities -- and increase the number of hospital beds to treat patients, she said.