Hong Kong health experts divided over need for forced mass testing, lockdowns

Police standing at the barrier of a blocked street in the Jordan area of Hong Kong, on Jan 24, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
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HONG KONG - Hong Kong's health experts differ over the need to have a forced mass testing exercise in Jordan - a densely populated inner city area on the Kowloon peninsula - even as a member of the advisory panel on government anti-pandemic efforts suggested that the lockdown be expanded.

Professor David Hui, a respiratory disease expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said on Sunday (Jan 24) that the government exercise has been efficient, with 7,000 people in the area already tested.

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