More than 52,000 FDWs tested on Labour Day

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Long queues were spotted along Chater Road in Central for Covid-19 testing on May 1. (PHOTO COURTESY: Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions)

Over 113,000 people went to community testing centres and mobile specimen collection stations on Labour Day to get screened for Covid-19 infection, the government said Sunday.

Of the record-high daily tally, over 52,000 or around 46% are foreign domestic workers (FDWs).

The testing demand prompted authorities to set up an additional mobile specimen collection station in Kowloon Park on Sunday.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, no preliminarily positive result was found in the 54,000 specimens collected at 21 community centres and 35 mobile collection stations.

The surge in testing figures comes after Hong Kong authorities ordered the testing of all 370,000 FDWs before May 9, in its bid to net Covid-19 cases involving highly infectious virus strains that may be spreading in the community.

Authorities required FDWs to undergo testing after two domestic workers in the city were found with coronavirus strains with the N501Y mutation. Experts believe the mutation makes the virus more transmissible.