Written by: Chen Qianting
2020-08-09 12:46Last update date: 2020-08-09 12:46
The Hong Kong government announced that two weeks later, it will launch voluntary free tests for the new crown virus and entrust three mainland laboratories in Hong Kong to conduct the tests. Hu Dingxu, chairman of the Huasheng Diagnostic Center and former chairman of the Hospital Authority, who participated in the interview, said that 16 air film laboratories will be set up in the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park Gymnasium. It is expected that the hardware will be installed within this week and will be put into service in the future. It can do 130,000 single-tube tests every day. If the sample is tested in "five-in-one", it can do more than 500,000 tests per day.
Hu Dingxu believes that if about 6 million citizens are tested, it is expected that there will be enough data to find invisible virus carriers in the community. People are expected to participate actively. He also pointed out that the test is to prepare for the "switch". After the test, it was found that there were only a few hundred people carrying the virus in the entire city, and the fear of other people in Wuhan disappeared.
Hu Dingxu predicts that Huasheng Diagnostic Center can do more than 500,000 new coronavirus tests every day. (Information Picture/Photo by Luo Guohui)
Hu Dingxu, chairman of the Huasheng Diagnostic Center and former chairman of the Hospital Authority, said in an interview with the TVB program "Speaking Clearly and Speaking of Chu" that Huasheng will set up 16 air film laboratories in the Zhongshan Memorial Park Gymnasium, which is expected to be installed this week. After the hardware is good, manpower and trial operation need to be arranged afterwards. It is expected to be put into service within two weeks as scheduled.
The laboratory will operate 24 hours a day. It is estimated that every 130,000 single tube tests will be done
Hu Dingxu said that Huasheng’s laboratories located in Zhongshan Park and Taiping Industrial Park in Taipu will operate 24 hours a day, and it is estimated that 130,000 single-tube tests can be performed every day. If the tests are mixed, the samples will be "five in one". Do more than 500,000 tests. When asked about the current cost of testing, he only said that the cost is difficult to calculate. "Many of them are supported by the central government."
The large-scale testing in Hong Kong is voluntary. Hu believes that the most important thing is to have enough people to do it. I believe that if about 6 million citizens are tested, there will be enough data to support them and learn about the rate of invisible virus carriers in the community. Isolate treatment to stop patients from spreading in the community. He also believes that the national test is to prepare for the switch in the future. He mentioned that at the beginning of the outbreak of the new type of pneumonia, "everyone was shocked" for people from Wuhan, but after the national test found that there were only a few hundred people with the virus, "No one is surprised when going to the sidelines", urged the public to participate enthusiastically.
The government earlier commissioned Huasheng to conduct virus testing for taxi drivers. Medical staff collected throat swab samples for taxi drivers. (Information Picture/Photo by Luo Guohui)
Need to complete the test within two weeks, tend to take samples by citizens
Recent studies have pointed out that the method of collecting samples may affect the degree of testing criteria, and whether citizens know how to take samples by themselves is also one of the keys. Hu Dingxu believes that the sampling method for national testing does not need to be unified. Both deep throat saliva collection or throat swab collection are acceptable, but deep throat saliva samples need to be diluted before mixed testing can be done. Although the steps have been increased, I believe it will not slow down Overall progress.
He also pointed out that the general principle of sampling should be the citizens' self-sampling, but there are special groups such as babies, the elderly and patients, and it is believed that trained social workers or nurses should assist in sampling. There are opinions that throat swabs are uncomfortable. Hu said that he has tried several times, "It is so comfortable and easy to do", and the laboratory will also test whether the samples are sufficient. The public does not need to worry about the sampling accuracy, but the final sampling method is expected by the government The final decision will be made after listening to expert opinions.
As for logistics, Hu Dingxu suggested that testing kits can be distributed in convenient places such as stations, and there will be no crowds. The collection can be collected in different places by vehicles. I believe the government has the ability to do so. The government is also studying how to conduct tests in different areas, or Starting from high-risk areas, the test results may be notified to the public through the Internet through electronic registration instead of short message notification. The government will select the most effective plan.
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