Two people are tested at the windows of a testing vehicle in Beijing on June 30. The success of group testing methods in containing Covid-19 outbreaks in Wuhan and Beijing suggest it might be a useful approach for Hong Kong given the city’s constrained testing capacity. Photo: Reuters
Daniel Z. Long
Opinion

Opinion

Daniel Z. Long

Coronavirus third wave: Group testing can address Hong Kong’s limited capacity

  • Hong Kong currently has a quarter to a fifth of the capacity it needs to handle Covid-19, and testing the entire population is prohibitively expensive
  • Emulating the group testing approach taken in Germany, Israel and the mainland can help make more efficient use of the city’s resources
Two people are tested at the windows of a testing vehicle in Beijing on June 30. The success of group testing methods in containing Covid-19 outbreaks in Wuhan and Beijing suggest it might be a useful approach for Hong Kong given the city’s constrained testing capacity. Photo: Reuters
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