China to send medical team to Hong Kong

The Chinese government says it will send a medical team to Hong Kong where the coronavirus continues to spread.

The daily tally in the territory has been exceeding 100. On Friday, the Hong Kong government announced that it will postpone Legislative Council elections that were scheduled for September by one year due to the virus.

China's National Health Commission said on Saturday that it is sending a medical team of about 60 members at the Hong Kong government's request to help with PCR testing.

It is the first time a medical team will be sent to the territory to help combat the virus. The first members are expected to arrive on Sunday.

People in Hong Kong are growing increasingly wary of Beijing after it imposed a new national security law for the territory in late June that critics say aims to stifle dissent.

Pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong say the government is using the virus as an excuse to postpone the elections and keep them from winning more seats in the Legislative Council.

The Chinese government is believed to be attempting to ease people's wariness by providing medical support.