Hong Kong is mulling over making coronavirus testing compulsory for all residents as it battles its fifth wave of the CCP virus outbreak, local media reported Thursday, following Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s “important instructions” regarding Hong Kong’s anti-epidemic efforts.
Officials proposed that each resident undergoes three tests, and those who fail to comply would be penalized HK$10,000 ($1,282).
Hong Kong plans to increase its daily testing to 300,000 by the end of the month, but due to the city’s low testing capacity, some samples may need to be shipped to Shenzhen in China, the report stated.
The Standard also said that the government scrapped plans to enforce lockdowns on districts to test residents for the CCP virus, fearing that it would have a greater impact on the people.
On Wednesday, Xi reportedly told Hong Kong’s government to “mobilize all power and resources to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and health of the Hong Kong people and ensure the stability of the society.”
In response, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that her government will follow “the important instruction ... [and] assume the main responsibility to stabilize the epidemic situation early as the overriding mission at present.”
The Chinese regime has maintained its “zero COVID-19” strategy—which involves mass testing millions of people, mass lockdowns, and strict border controls—to contain the outbreak, despite increasing economic and food crises, Huang said.
He pointed out that China’s zero-COVID strategy was designed in the past when there was no vaccine available during the early stages of the CCP outbreak, and added that the strategy might not be effective in eradicating the new highly transmissible Omicron variant.
“The CCP has turned the anti-epidemic into political propaganda, or a national battle that must be won but not defeated in politics. It is inevitable to fail when things at the level of medical and scientific knowledge are raised to the level of politics,” Huang said.