14th September 2020 – (Hong Kong) The COVID-19 epidemic has not been under control. It is understood that there were about 14 new confirmed cases in Hong Kong today (14th), and double-digit confirmed cases were recorded for 5 consecutive days. As of yesterday (13th), there were 4,958 cases in Hong Kong.
Universal Community Testing Programme today (14th) is the last day. The Secretary for the Civil Service, Patrick Nip, said on a radio program this morning that as of 8pm last night (13th), a total of 1.719 million citizens had been tested. There were 53,000 in a single day yesterday. 34,000 of them did not make an appointment via online registration. Nip pointed out that for the time being, 26 confirmed cases were found through universall testing. The proportion of confirmed cases is not high relative to the population of Hong Kong. This reflects that this wave of epidemic may have reached the “end”, but emphasised that the epidemic has not yet ended and appealed to the public not to relax.
He said that in the future, the scale of testing for high-risk and specific groups will be expanded, and patients in the group will be identified early. Nip also said that as of 8am in the morning, a total of 292 cases of personal data being used by others to make appointments have been received, of which 159 involved the theft of other people’s data and the cases have been transferred to the police for follow-up.