Hong Kong’s 1st COVID-19 At-Home Testing Solution Continues to Add Partners
- Tung Wah is first NGO in Hong Kong to offer frontline staff and their family members free COVID-19 testing
- hpa SOCIAL, the charity arm of Ho & Partners Architects, is donating 500 COVID-19 test kits to Tung Wah
- Deliveroo is one of the first private companies in Hong Kong, and the first food delivery company in Hong Kong, to offer for free and at scale COVID-19 testing to riders
- ZhongAn Technologies International Group ("ZA International"), parent company of ZA Bank, Hong Kong’s first virtual bank, will activate a relief fund for Deliveroo riders that are confirmed with COVID-19 after testing
HONG KONG, April 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Non-Profit Initiative Project Screen by Circle today announces Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, hpa SOCIAL, Deliveroo, and ZA Bank join together to sponsor free RT-PCR COVID-19 at-home testing kits. Project Screen is driven by a duty of responsibility, to signify a collective response and commitment to the increased need for testing in Hong Kong. Project Screen was launched on April 15th with philanthropic and operational support from a consortium of industry leaders, including Prenetics, Prudential Hong Kong, Xcelom, Mason Supreme Healthcare, hpa SOCIAL, Beyond Ventures and Pickupp.
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals is the first NGO in Hong Kong to offer free COVID-19 testing to their staff. The below is the initial eligibility requirements which may be subject to refinement based on changing local conditions:
- Tung Wah staff working in homes and day-care centers for elderly and persons with disability, and their co-habitants;
- Tung Wah staff working in out-reaching teams for providing food delivery and home care services to elderly and persons with disability, and their co-habitants;
- Tung Wah staff working in their medical clinics and Chinese medicine clinics, and their co-habitants; and
- Tung Wah students from underprivileged families, and their co-habitants.
Deliveroo is the first food delivery company in Hong Kong to offer free COVID-19 testing to riders. If riders are unfortunately diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection, they will not be able to work with Deliveroo until they have recovered and they will be able to obtain an emergency aid of HK$ 20,000 through the ZA Relief Fund by ZA International, in addition to the "rider hardship fund" provided by Deliveroo.
When Deliveroo riders get tested and are confirmed positive with COVID-19, ZA International will offer HK$20,000 via the ZA Relief Fund. Deliveroo riders will automatically be enrolled to be provided coverage under the Relief Fund.
Danny Yeung, CEO of CircleDNA said, "Project Screen was created for the community and it’s a strong testament of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and Deliveroo of their amazing support to their frontline workers, riders and customers safety through this pandemic. In a recent report in BMJ, it suggests 78% of COVID-19 patients don’t show symptoms, thus the importance of testing. As we begin to open up the economy and the borders, testing will become even more crucial. We are thankful for the immense support from the community and really glad to have on-board Tung Wah, hpa SOCIAL, Deliveroo and ZA bank join together to fight COVID-19 in Hong Kong."
Albert Su, Chief Executive of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals said "Tung Wah is deeply grateful and proud to partner with Project Screen. We all know that testing in the community is key and quite frankly, we have been proactive in undertaking necessary measures to protect our frontline staff and do our part to prevent future outbreaks of COVID-19. The decision to partner with Project Screen was an easy one and it is part of our commitment to prioritise the safety and health of our students, staff and their family members who continue to serve the local community.
Brian Lo, General Manager of Deliveroo Hong Kong, said, "Rider safety has always been at the top of Deliveroo’s most essential priorities. Riders continue to work at the front-lines of the community – it is our responsibility to both our riders, our customers, and the Hong Kong public and society, for Deliveroo to play a more active role in safeguarding the community from COVID-19. Our strong record of rider care and support started long before the outbreak of COVID-19, so we have made every effort to act quickly and efficiently during this time. We hope to inspire other private institutions to follow our lead in encouraging more testing of COVID-19 to lessen the burden of our health institutions, while supporting the flattening of the curve"
Wayne Xu, President of ZA International, said, "Despite our lifestyle has been changed a lot due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel blessed for being supported by the Deliveroo riders, who have upheld their professionalism to deliver the food we love. ZA International wants to step forward to protect the well-being of the community and therefore we have extended the coverage of ZA Relief Fund to the riders of Deliveroo as a token of respect. With such financial aid, we hope that the riders and other stakeholders of the Hong Kong community will stand in solidarity in our fight against the COVID-19, so that the concerning situation will soon come to an end."
The COVID-19 testing experience includes:
- WHO-recommended RT-PCR COVID-19 laboratory test (gold standard) with 99.9% sensitivity / specificity
- Next-day delivery with infectious disease deep throat saliva sample kit
- Same-day sample collection pick-up by trained professional at-home back to the laboratory
- Private, secure digital results provided within 1-business day
- Individuals with positive results will be provided a telehealth consult with an independent registered healthcare professional.
Currently, individuals and employers can access COVID-19 testing at a not-for-profit price of HK$985 from https://projectscreen.co/. As a comparison, the cost for a COVID-19 test in the private sector is HKD$3,000-4,000.
About Project Screen
Project Screen by Circle – a non-profit initiative providing a WHO-recommended solution to get tested and diagnosed for COVID-19 from home in Hong Kong. The initiative is backed by philanthropic and operational support from a consortium of industry leaders, including Prenetics, Prudential Hong Kong, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Xcelom, Mason Supreme Healthcare, hpa SOCIAL, Beyond Ventures and Pickupp.
Project Screen is driven by a duty of responsibility, to signify a collective response and commitment to the increased need for COVID-19 testing in the community. Project Screen has set out to make RT-PCR COVID-19 testing easy, safe and accurate. Together, let’s fight COVID-19 in Hong Kong, for Hong Kong.
About Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
The Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, with a history dating back to 1870, is the oldest and largest charitable organisation in Hong Kong. It provides extensive education and community services through 343service centres spread across Hong Kong.
Deliveroo is an award-winning delivery service founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski. Deliveroo works with over 80,000 best-loved restaurants and takeaways, as well as 60,000 riders to provide the best food delivery experience in the world. Deliveroo is headquartered in London, with over 2,500 employees in offices around the globe.
Deliveroo operates in over 500 towns and cities across 12 markets, including Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the United Kingdom.
About ZA International
ZhongAn Technologies International Group Limited ("ZA International") was established in Hong Kong in December 2017 by ZhongAn Online P & C Insurance Co., Ltd. (HKEX stock code: 6060), an online-only insurtech company in China, to explore international business development, collaboration and investment opportunities in the areas of fintech and insurtech in overseas markets. In August 2018, ZA International and SoftBank Vision Fund announced cooperation to boost ZhongAn’s technology solutions businesses outside China, with an initial focus on Asia. In January 2019, ZA International and Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading online-to-offline mobile platform, announced the establishment of a joint venture to enter the digital insurance distribution business in the region.
On 24 March 2020, ZA Bank, a subsidiary of ZA International, officially became the first virtual bank in Hong Kong, providing Hong Kong customers with banking products and services that break conventions and time boundaries.
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