Hong Kong Health Workers: On Sunday, Hong Kong pro-democracy union of several health care workers and various activists including Joshua Wong called to boycott the government’s universal testing plan in which medical staff from mainland China are set to assist.
From Tuesday, a 60 mainland team is due to conduct the tests in the first direct help from China health care officials in the semi-autonomous city as it battles the pandemic.
But the government efforts come at the sensitive time in the British colony, as anxiety increase over the 7.5 million residents of the colony which see the Beijing efforts as to control their freedom in particularly with the national security law imposed in June.
The government has also postponed the September legislative election by year saying there can be risks to public health. It blows the hope of pro-democracy opposition party which had a hope of winning as they won with overwhelming support in lower-level elections last year
The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance which was formed during the last year’s protests of pro-democracy with 20000 members said that universal testing is not efficient to use of resources instead focused testing should be done.
leader Winnie Yu told a joint news conference with activists that the government one and only aim is to use the pandemic situation to achieve their political aims.
They shall do whatever it takes to please the central government of China, even if it means to place politics above all things else including public health, He said.
Wong suggested that full closure of the border will be better than the government plan. He indicated it as like having a pregnancy test without having birth control.
The city’s Beijing-backed chief executive, Carrie Lam has hit the critics back on the initiative and dismissed their attempt to smear the central government.
Chinese state media has announced the critics as ungrateful and China’s Hong Kong Liaison Office said in a statement that it is shocking that some people are questioning the plan.
The people are questioning about it at the time when the rate of daily new infection has fallen to single digits or lower double digits from a three digits number.
The tally of Coronavirus cases increases to 4,801 cases with 15 new cases reported on Sunday.