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Hong Kong government to give $ 650 to those who test positive for coronavirus

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Hong Kong Police (Reuters)

Hong Kong authorities will deliver a one-time payment of almost USD 650 to any citizen who tests positive for coronavirus, in a new measure adopted to incentivize the population to undergo testing, as explained this Sunday by the Secretary of Health of the territory, Sophia Chan.

While waiting for the Bureau of Labor and Social Welfare to announce more details, Chan has advanced this measure of the payment of 5,000 Hong Kong dollars in an interview with the chain RTHK, before confirming the preparations for the opening of five new test centers in the territory, which will join the four already operating.

The measure aims to track cases and locate outbreaks quickly, but in the worst case, the payment offered to positives could cause a “cobra effect,” an unforeseen consequence named after a case from colonial India, when a reward by poisonous cobras it ended up generating breeding sites for these snakes and worsening the crisis.

Likewise, Chan has confirmed the entry into force of an unprecedented measure so far: the imposition of Compulsory testing of different population groups, starting with those attending any of the 14 dance clubs linked to the recent appearance of an outbreak of 32 cases.

The Government will shortly announce more mandatory tests for high-risk groups, including taxi drivers and residence workersas well as people with symptoms.

Medical staff from a Hong Kong hospital center treat a group of people who are going to undergo the coronavirus test (Europa Press)
Medical staff from a Hong Kong hospital center treat a group of people who are going to undergo the coronavirus test (Europa Press)

Given the situation, the authorities they have postponed this Saturday and for two weeks the entry into force of the so-called “travel bubble” between Hong Kong and Singapore that allowed, in principle, a movement with few difficulties between both places. The decision is a severe blow to both the battered tourism industries in both cities and to other countries that hoped this project could be a role model during the pandemic.

The two financial centers were relatively little affected by the new coronavirus, after imposing a series of strict border and physical distance measures as soon as the pandemic emerged. “This is a serious reminder that the covid-19 virus is still with us, and even as we struggle to regain our normal lives, the journey will be full of ups and downs,” Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung wrote on Facebook.

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The city registered 68 new cases of coronavirus this Sunday

Hong Kong registered 68 new cases this Sunday, a new increase compared to the day before, when they were reported 43 new positives, the highest number in three months, among them 13 cases of local transmission whose source has not been identified, although it is feared that it is one of the aforementioned “supercontagion events”.

(With information from Europa Press)

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