21st January 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Government today exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) to make a “restriction-testing declaration” (declaration) effective from 7pm, under which persons within the specified “restricted area” in Sham Shui Po (i.e. 35-37 Nam Cheong Street, Sham Shui Po) are required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. Persons subject to compulsory testing are required to stay in their premises until all such persons identified in the “restricted area” have undergone testing and the test results are mostly ascertained. The Government aims at finishing this exercise at about 7am tomorrow..
A Government spokesman said, “Under Cap. 599J, the Government can, according to the needs of infection control, make a ‘restriction-testing declaration’. As a case tested preliminarily positive who has lived in the abovementioned building was detected today, and the preliminary test result involved a mutant strain, the risk of infection in the relevant area is assessed to be likely higher, so the Government decided to make a ‘restriction-testing declaration’ for the relevant area after the test result was found to be positive.”
The Government will arrange dedicated staff to collect samples through combined nasal and throat swabs at the “restricted area” and request persons subject to compulsory testing to undergo testing before 11pm today. Persons subject to compulsory testing must stay at their place of residence until all test results are ascertained to avoid cross-infection risk.
The case involves a 40-year-old male living in 35-37 Nam Cheong Street, Sham Shui Po. He works at construction sites and last went to work on 19th January. He developed symptom on 19th January and sought medical attention at a public hospital on 20th January. The sample collected tested preliminarily positive. He received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination (Comirnaty) on 24th August and 14th September, 2021 in Hong Kong.
The CHP is now investigating the places where the patient visited during incubation period in order to ascertain the infection sources and to terminate the silent transmission chains in the community.