Added On September 15, 2020

According to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, most of the nearly 1.72 million specimens collected under the Universal Community Testing Program had been tested by 8:00 p.m. on Monday. The program, launched two weeks ago, was aimed at identifying asymptomatic patients and cutting invisible transmission chains as Hong Kong faced the third round of epidemic outbreak starting early July. As Hong Kong lagged behind in testing capacity, the central government acted swiftly to offer support in medical resources and experts. A spokesman for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government said the successful and smooth operation of the program hinged on the full support of the central government, with a 570-membered nucleic acid test support team established to enhance Hong Kong's testing capacity in a short period of time. Deputy head of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong said the central government and the mainland are the strongest backing of Hong Kong and called for joint efforts of the society to win the anti-epidemic fight and push Hong Kong back on track at an early date.