The Government yesterday (January 13) exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) to make a “restriction-testing declaration” effective from 7.30pm yesterday, under which people (hereafter referred to as “persons subject to compulsory testing”) within the specified “restricted area” in Tuen Mun (i.e. Block 2, Hoi Tak Gardens, 13-17 Wing Fat Lane, Tuen Mun) were required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. Persons subject to compulsory testing were required to stay in their premises until all such persons identified in the area had undergone testing and the test results were mostly ascertained. Moreover, the Government issued a compulsory testing notice yesterday, requiring persons who had been present at the above building for more than two hours from 4th to 13th January 2022, even if they were not present in the “restricted area” at the time when the declaration took effect, to undergo compulsory testing on or before 15th January, 2022.
The Government set up temporary specimen collection stations in the “restricted area” yesterday and requested persons subject to compulsory testing to collect combined nasal and throat swab samples at the stations to undergo a COVID-19 virus test before 12.30am today. As at 12.30am today, around 195 residents had undergone testing, among which one test result was indeterminate. For the sake of prudence, the concerned person and the relevant close contact has been hospitalised and sent to the quarantine centre for follow-up respectively. The test results of other persons subject to compulsory testing were negative.
The enforcement operation was completed at around 12.30pm. Test records of around 90 persons subject to compulsory testing were checked. Nobody was found to have not undergone compulsory testing. Taking into account the above situation, the Secretary for Food and Health revoked the “restriction-testing declaration” in accordance with Cap. 599J