Since the first cases were reported in China late last year, there have been over 26.48 million cases worldwide, with 873,461 deaths.
Some countries have managed to get the virus under control while others are still reporting cases, including China, which appeared to have controlled the spread at one time.
In Hong Kong, mass COVID-19 testing has resumed. The city is the third hardest hit in the country and the mass testing program is part of the strategy to curb cross-transmission.
However, this COVID-19 virus testing scheme has emerged as a focus of political debate in Hong Kong.
The resources and personnel for the program are provided by the Chinese central government, which many seem to doubt. There are concerns that DNA could be collected through the process.
However, the government of Hong Kong has officially denied such concerns. They said that the collected personal information will be attached to the sample bottles and that they will be destroyed in Hong after they test and get the results.
Some other people respond well to the program; It is estimated that over 500,000 people have already registered to take part. The program runs through this week.
The main purpose of the scheme is to identify the silent carriers of COVID-19 as it confirms that some people are asymptomatic and may be spreading the virus.
It is a government expectation that approximately 5 million people will willingly participate in the program. If this goal is achieved this week, the program will be extended.
Hong Kong reported the worst outburst in early July. It didn’t report a case in June, but cases were recorded in July, and in one day it peaked at 100 cases.
However, it appears that cases have slowed down again and have been reporting single digits for the past few days.
And now the government believes that with such a mass test it can help identify the asymptomatic carriers who are spreading the virus without knowing it.
David Hui, professor of respiratory medicine, said that the rate of cases from untraceable sources of infection is still between 30% and 40%, although the infection has receded.
He said it implies that there must be infections from silent carriers and so the role of mass testing will be to pick out those silent spreaders.
He added that it is hopeful that if these silent carriers are identified and isolated for the preferred time, it could help break the chain of transmission witnessed in the community.
There are other experts who support the program as well. One of them is Dr. Leung Chi-chiu, a breathing system expert and member of the Hong Kong Medical Council. The expert said the program complements efforts to combat the pandemic across the city.
However, he added that the mass testing program may not be a cost-effective approach because it is difficulty, especially for silent carriers, and as well as to identify the virus in its early development.so it implies the program has to be in place for some time.
Charalotte Griffith is assignment Journalist at Chroniclex, Charalotte has covered Business, Politics and many other beats in her Journalism career and is currently living in Cleveland for more than 15 years. Charalotte has appeared periodically on national television shows and also has published her articles many regional publications such as Huffington Post and Mashable etc.