Hong Kong reports 2,071 Covid-19 cases as gov’t testing overwhelmed; Hospital Authority may fire unvaccinated staff

Hong Kong’s government laboratory has experienced a backlog in testing leading to a delay in the confirmation of Covid-19 infections, with a health official saying that Sunday’s confirmed cases “should have been higher.” The city reported 2,071 new cases on Monday.

“The Public Health Laboratory – the laboratory of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) – still has some 1,000 cases at hand that should have been completed as part of yesterday’s tests but weren’t finished in time,” the CHP’s Chuang Shuk-kwan told the press on Monday.

Aerial photos show residents forming long queues at outdoor mobile specimen collection stations for Covid19 testing in Hong Kong last Friday. Photo: Yan Zhao/AFP.

“Therefore, the number of confirmed cases yesterday should have been higher,” Chuang said. The CHP reported 1,347 new cases on Sunday, an understatement according to Chuang.

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