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Beijing sent health officials to Hong Kong to help fight Covid-19

A team of seven Chinese health officials arrived in Hong Kong on August 2, 2020, with the goal of assisting the special administrative district in coping with the Covid-19 epidemic. Observers do not rule out the possibility that the coronavirus is an excuse for Beijing to expand its control in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong government has turned an exhibition centre into a field hospital to be ready to treat Covid-19 patients. Photo taken on 01/08/2020.
Courtesy of REUTERS – PAK YIU

Hong Kong records over 100 new infections daily. According to British news agency Reuters, seven health officials from mainland China were sent to Hong Kong today as the first of about 60 people expected to support Hong Kong to conduct large-scale testing campaigns. prevent the third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic.

On August 1, 2020, the special zone chief, Ms Carrie Lam requested help from Beijing to control the spread of the disease in Hong Kong. However, some observers say Chinese health workers will take advantage of this opportunity to collect DNA samples of Beijing subjects to monitor.

Until two weeks ago, Hong Kong was often considered one of the most effective places to control the spread and treatment of Covid-19 in the world.

Since the beginning of 2020, there are 3,400 cases worldwide, and 33 patients die. However, the situation has suddenly deteriorated over the past dozen days in the context of Beijing’s recent national security legislation aimed at increasing control in Hong Kong, stifling opposition.

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