41 specified premises including Imperial Kitchen (HK) Ltd in Kwun Tong placed under Compulsory Testing Notice


15th May 2022 – (Hong Kong)  ​The Government exercises the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) and publishes in the Gazette a compulsory testing notice, which requires any person who had been present at 41 specified places during the specified period (persons subject to compulsory testing) to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.

 In view of a number of cases testing positive, 41 specified places are included in the compulsory testing notice. The Government strongly reminds members of the public to strictly follow the compulsory testing requirements and undergo testing on time as required. Mobile specimen collection stations have been set up by the Government in different districts to facilitate testing to be conducted in compliance with the compulsory testing notice. The above compulsory testing requirement applies to those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course as well.

Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan said today (15th) that Imperial private kitchen in King Win Factory Building located at Room 12, 1/F, Shing Yip Industrial Building, 19 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong had an outbreak. 9 diners were diagnosed after visiting the restaurant last Monday (9th). The government said that anyone who visited the restaurant between 5pm and 11.59pm last Monday needs to be tested for the virus in the next two days (16th and 17th). Dr.Chuang said that most people visited the restaurant at about 5pm to 7pm that day, but their departure time was not determined.

The reason was that most of the infected patients who went there bought frozen meat and almond cakes, but due to the large number of people involved, compulsory testing notice will be issued later for those who have been there between 5pm and 12am on last Monday. She also pointed out that the authorities are still investigating the activities of the relevant people, because some people said that they only stayed there for 10 minutes, took some things and left, so it is not known whether there were people who ate there without masks. He also pointed out that the Omicron variant virus with high infectivity in the past can spread the virus even if they wear a mask, including going to the bathroom, so they will take environmental samples to investigate.

 Persons who have tested positive in the past three months (including positive cases tested either by nucleic acid tests recorded by the Department of Health (DH) or by rapid antigen tests (RATs) that have been self-declared to the DH) do not need to undergo compulsory testing. For those who are subject to compulsory testing (save for those who have declared their positive RAT results as mentioned above), they must undergo nucleic acid tests in accordance with relevant compulsory testing notices and cannot use RATs to fulfil the requirement of such notices. In other words, a negative RAT result cannot be deemed as fulfilling the compulsory testing requirement. Furthermore, unless a person subject to compulsory testing has obtained a medical certificate proving that he or she is unfit to undergo testing using a sample taken through combined nasal and throat swabs because of health reasons, the person cannot provide a deep throat saliva sample to fulfil the compulsory testing requirement.