Hong Kong authorities have said that from Tuesday, only throat swab samples would be collected for free PCR tests at government-run sites, including those at the airport. Photo: Yik Yeung -man
Hong Kong authorities have said that from Tuesday, only throat swab samples would be collected for free PCR tests at government-run sites, including those at the airport. Photo: Yik Yeung -man

Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s decision to stop nasal swabs for PCR tests does not pose risk to residents, experts say

  • Switch to throat swabs only could reduce sample collection time by two-thirds and will not pose risk to local pandemic situation, says adjunct associate professor
  • Respiratory medicine expert notes change to procedure means sensitivity of PCR tests will drop by one-third

Hong Kong authorities have said that from Tuesday, only throat swab samples would be collected for free PCR tests at government-run sites, including those at the airport. Photo: Yik Yeung -man
Hong Kong authorities have said that from Tuesday, only throat swab samples would be collected for free PCR tests at government-run sites, including those at the airport. Photo: Yik Yeung -man
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